Marauders killed my hens. Where is the grief/loss forum?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by KlaHaYa Gardens, May 7, 2011.

  1. KlaHaYa Gardens

    KlaHaYa Gardens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't really grieve birds. Not at all, in fact. A special bird here or there I will really miss, but I don't become emotionally moved. I think perhaps it's because after having lost loved ones in the family, I can't give that kind of emotion for a bird.

    That's not to say I don't feel the loss. That's not to say I don't feel badly for the bird, especially a bird that has been good to my family providing eggs, entertainment and the joy of life to our place.

    I especially feel for the bird that was torn and shredded to pieces by a dog's teeth, or in this case the teeth of two dogs.

    [​IMG]I just lost all my cuckoo Marans hens, an EE rooster, and my ugly Wellie Rooster, that I desperately want to replace, lives but is almost naked.

    I heard the last cuckoo Marans hen screaming and crying, I was able to get to her in time to see a short little dog tearing her to pieces. And then I saw another little dog chasing another bird. It took my daughter and I, along with the dogs' owner 30 minutes to get his dogs.

    The owner, and older man -- a very older man -- was really torn up about it. He was shaking. These little dogs have become his companions since his wife died, and they got loose. God bless this man, he was trying to run after his dogs. My daughter finally got them.

    He offered to pay me, but I refused. I did ask him to put down the last cuckoo hen. She was stoic, but it would have cruel to try to "save" her. Most of her skin was off.

    Well, this is part of keeping birds. Joys and disappointments. I know the man was sorry. He was more upset than me, honestly. I don't want a gang-up session on this man, or the little dogs that got away from him. I just felt like sharing -- releasing -- my loss. I did say a few kind words of apology and gratitude to the hen before I sent her off with the man. (I told him he was welcome to eat her. No reason to waste the meat.)

    Done venting. My daughter and I are going out for dinner now.
     
  2. EmtheFishLady

    EmtheFishLady We're all mad here Premium Member

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  3. KlaHaYa Gardens

    KlaHaYa Gardens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, Em! [​IMG]
     
  4. KFox

    KFox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Sorry this happened.
     
  5. EmtheFishLady

    EmtheFishLady We're all mad here Premium Member

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    Quote:I know it sucks, but sounds like you handled it exactly as I would have. [​IMG]
     
  6. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that is a very sad story. Sorry for your losses.
     
  7. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

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    I have a JRT with a very high prey drive. She is never off her lead however.. She has escaped by somebody not watching the door properly and is a confirmed chicken and turkey killer. An honest accident I do believe happens, and this is what I see in your case. Perhaps in this case you can gain a friend in this sad situation?
     
  8. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    You handled that very well.
    I hope you enjoyed your dinner.
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  9. KlaHaYa Gardens

    KlaHaYa Gardens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, ALL of you!


    I do have some of their off spring. *brave grin* I had my splash Marans roo over them. I decided to give them a break from their breeding pen two days ago as I really prefer to allow the birds to free range unless I'm collecting eggs to incubate. I did want to hatch some more, but clearly we are done.

    I got some blues and two cuckoos from them.

    Okay, we really are off for dinner now.

    Thanks again. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 7, 2011
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I am so sorry for your losses. [​IMG]
     

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