Missing Hen and freezing temps tonight..

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wornoutmomto3, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. wornoutmomto3

    wornoutmomto3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my hens went missing earlier today. She hopped my neighbors fence and disappeared. I was hoping she would return by the time the sun set, but still no sign of her. I am still hoping she will turn up, however, tonights low is 17 F. Can she survive on her own in temperatures so low? She is only 4 months old.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Hopefully she is holed up in a nice big fat bush somewhere roosting out of the cold. It is really worrisome when one doesn't show up at roosttime. Get out there at first light, and look to see if she is back. Good luck!
     
  3. wornoutmomto3

    wornoutmomto3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went out at first light and she was still in my neighbors yard, but she survived the night. Thank you
     
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    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I'm so glad to hear that she was safe. I would probably lock them in the coop today if it is going to be cold again tonight, Younger pullets will sometimes avoid going into the coop in the evening unless a light in on. Also when they fly over fences to visit, some aren't bright enough to know how to come back. This is just a part of chicken raising--the frustrating part. I clipped wings which does no good, and can make it difficult to get away from predators. Now I just open gates and they come back on their own. Good luck.
     

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