My favorite chicken disappeared.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Maxamus, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. Maxamus

    Maxamus Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know what to do. My sweet Mable dissapered today, which I found out when I went to lock the girls in. My and my mother walked the land but it was dark out and we couldn't see.We ran into a skunk and had to run and end the serch. The chickens free range but always come back at night and I don't know what to do. Any chance she's still with us?
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    There's always a chance she is still with (you).. I have had chickens go MIA and return after one day away. One was due to escaping like 7734 ( read that upside down) from a predator raccoon . She hid all the next day. I don't know where, possibly neighboring yards, and returned the second day evening. I also had one disappear for 2 weeks and returned. Still an unsolved mystery and she was called Phantom. She lived for 8 more years after.
    As to surprising skunks.......... I am sure skunk was just as afraid of you if not more than you of skunk.. I doubt the skunk is the culprit in the disappearance. Your chicken may be up in a tree or in between some shrubs or bushes.. In the morning she may come out..
    WISHING YOU BEST.. [​IMG]

    Keep us updated what you find out tomorrow.
     
  3. critterkeeper25

    critterkeeper25 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am hoping for the best for you and your chickens. We had the same thing happen to us over Columbus Day weekend. They still haven't returned. I came home one afternoon last week to see a fox killing another of our hens in our front yard. So I am assuming that the same fox also got our other 2 hens.

    I hope the same isn't true for you. I wish I was wrong about our two missing hens, and that in a day or two they will still come home. We miss them terribly.
     
  4. Maxamus

    Maxamus Out Of The Brooder

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    Day 2 and no sign of Mable, O searched everywhere but not so much as a feather. In starting to lose hope
     
  5. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow she will show up (for a little while) if she is sitting on a clutch of hidden eggs. Can she be incubating a family of chicks? The skunk scares me because skunks are the major threat to brooding hens and their eggs.
     
  6. Mary in Nevada

    Mary in Nevada New Egg

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    Same thing happened to me. Young hen started hiding her eggs, then disappeared. She came back every day or two for a few minutes then was gone again. Last Monday she showed up with four babies. Turns out she was nesting under the house so she was pretty safe but I still worried about her. Good luck.
     
  7. Maxamus

    Maxamus Out Of The Brooder

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    Male returned out of the woods this morning! So happy! Should I lock up up in the tractor with the other chickens so she doesn't run off again.
     
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  8. Maxamus

    Maxamus Out Of The Brooder

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    Update:Mable has dissapered once again!What do I do???
     
  9. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Overrun With Chickens

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    NEXT TIME SHE COMES BACK, SPY HER OUT TO SEE WHERE SHE IS GOING. She most likely is going to a hidden nest in the woods. You can just keep looking for her until you spot her. She is not far away, but in a well hidden spot. Kind of takes some Sherlock Holmes skills at this stage.
     
  10. Alex1010

    Alex1010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did she seem broody?? When she came back?
     

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