Missing Chicken - No feathers or trace

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by learwijlmismas, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. learwijlmismas

    learwijlmismas New Egg

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    Our Barred Rock "Chocolate" finally laid her first egg today. It was about 10:00 am and after leaving the chicken house to be with the other chickens (6 other girls and a banti rooster) she was free ranging in our back yard. Last seen about 4:00 with the other chickens (still free ranging). When we went out about 4:30 to lock the door to the chicken run and coop because it was getting dark, we could not find Chocolate. Looked and looked but nothing. No feathers, no trace nothing. Any ideas of what might have happened?
    We did notice a hawk about a week ago, but the chickens usually head for cover and are quite cautious. No feathers around or no trace.....

    We are very sad, especially our 6 year old daughter and 10 year old son. [​IMG]
     
  2. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like a hawk
     
  3. Peeplperson

    Peeplperson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Elopement? Seriously, hope you find her safe & sound.
     
  4. dianneS

    dianneS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she doesn't turn up, it could be a hawk or a fox. I've had a fox steal chickens and leave no trace as well.
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    When I lost a chicken to a hawk, it looked like a down pillow exploded in my yard.


    [​IMG] you find her.
     

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