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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by alex41977, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. alex41977

    alex41977 Hatching

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    So I usually let my 7 chickens roam in our backyard for most of the day and they always go into the coop at sundown. Sometimes we forget to lock them up. Today was one if those days. I went to lock them up and I only counted 6. I've searched everywhere and I've found nothing. To make it harder it's molting season so I don't know what to think of all the feathers everywhere. Please help
     

  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Sorry if you found a pile of feathers, it's much more likely a predator got her. If so it will be back to get another easy meal now that it discovered your chickens. You may want to keep them in a coop for a few days - in hopes the predator will move on to some other area.
     
  3. alex41977

    alex41977 Hatching

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    Oh and the type if chicken Auracauna.
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on drumstick divas' advice about keeping them in the coop for a few days. Or you could add a sturdy framed, completely hardware cloth covered run onto the coop for them to stay in, at least for a while. If a predator has feasted on one of your chickens (highly likely), he will be back to try and make meals from the remainder of your flock. You might want to check out some of our threads on predator protection at https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=predator+protection. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck protecting your flock from predators.
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sorry for your losses. You need to remember to lock them in at night as what ever took this bird will be back for more chicken dinner. Make sure your coop and run are built well and will protect your flock even when locked in.
     
  6. Aronia

    Aronia Songster

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    You can get chicken calls @ TSC i think.
     
  7. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    X 2 - perhaps it would help to set an alarm to remind you to go out and lock them up each evening?
     

  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry for your loss.
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    So sorry for your loss![​IMG]
     
  10. Aronia

    Aronia Songster

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    Welcome!
     

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