Missing Chicken :'(

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by SunriseChickers, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. SunriseChickers

    SunriseChickers Songster

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    So tonight, around 9, I went out to put away my six girls. Usually there are a couple on the saw horses from last year's construction of the big coop, one or two on the top of the little coop, and one or two inside the little coop. Tonight there were four perched on the saw horse, one in the coop, but my feisty Sunset was not in her usual spot on top of the coop. I looked around the house and pen for her, but there was nothing. I put the five into the big coop and left the gate open s bit, just in case, hen went to the house to recruit some help. We got back inside at about 10:10, no luck. We have ten acres and they usually stay up front. My dad and I, just the two of us, searched most of the ten acres but had to stop. We were far from their usual grounds anyways. We looked up the sides of our usually quiet country road, but nothing. We seared everywhere and not a trace. I think a predator would have left something, or at least riled the others up unless she was quietly assassinated somewhere away from them. Could she have wandered of for some reason? I'm not really hopeful, but this is an event - even if not a good one - and I thought I'd share, I guess.
     
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  2. penny1960

    penny1960 Yippy Do Da, Yipptye Ay!

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    that sucks where abouts do you live it is already dark here
     
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  3. SunriseChickers

    SunriseChickers Songster

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    I live in North Eastern USA, it's been dark quite a while. I got out late, so we were searching with flashlights.
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    It's possible a predator got her but she may have found a hiding place because it was dark. You'll probably have to go search for her when it gets light out.
     
  5. Egg-Cellent Eggs

    Egg-Cellent Eggs Chirping

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    Wait for her to show up.If she doesn’t in a week or so, don’t count on her coming back. My chicken went missing and we found her. Hope same goes to you. Good luck!
     
  6. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    :welcome :frow
     
  7. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

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    How old is sge? Is she laying? Could she be hiding on a nest somewhere? I hope you find her! But in answer to your question, sometimes a bird disappears without a trace. Depends on the predator and location the bird gets nabbed.
     
  8. Chickenmeme

    Chickenmeme In the Brooder

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    Did you happen to look in the trees? I found mine there once.
     
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  9. SunriseChickers

    SunriseChickers Songster

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    Yeah, a week was going to be it.

    They are all almost a year and a half old, I checked all the nests. I thought it must be a predator, bud with no trace I was skeptical. What kind of predators can pull off a clean assassination? :confused:

    No! My dad asked if she could be up in the trees and I said no. Most of our trees are smaller therefore have smaller, harder to grip branches that I was sure to be too small for them to stand on. But if she were in a tree she would have returned by now, right? We got back from church and shopping a while ago, and I went to go look. Still nothing.
     
  10. Butterscotchbitesfinger

    Butterscotchbitesfinger Crossing the Road

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    I’m so sorry about Sunset. I really hope she comes back for you. What breed is she? Depending on what breed she is will depend on whether she has a nest somewhere. I hope this is helpful
     
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