Newbie from Dallas - now the owner of one lonely Black Star

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by khassett79, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. khassett79

    khassett79 New Egg

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    Hello All,

    I recently started a small flock and almost as recently lost three of our four hens to a nasty raccoon attack. Now, we have only one very sweet Black Star, Mrs. Smith, who *should* be really close to laying. I'll be posting in another thread with this question, also, but we're a little curious to know how much the attack might have set her back in terms of when she will lay. She was the only one of the four that slept on the roost and we're fairly sure this is the only thing that saved her. [The others preferred to huddle together in one nesting box [​IMG] ] She did suffer some minor injuries (a few scrapes across her back), but is now doing fine health-wise. She does seem quite lonely, though.

    We plan on bringing in more birds, but none of our trusted sources have older pullets at this time. [She's about 22 weeks old now.] You'll probably being seeing posts from me with questions on introducing new birds to a "flock" of one bird [​IMG] Glad to be a part of the group!

    -Keegan

    You can see our lone survivor Mrs. Smith in the top left of this photo. RIP to my other girls, Beatrix, Mathilde and Cherry Darling.

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  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Welcome from Louisiana! [​IMG]
     
  3. KellerTX

    KellerTX Out Of The Brooder

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    Welcome, fellow DFWer. Sorry to hear about your raccoon incident.
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    [​IMG] and so sorry for your loss [​IMG]
     
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. So sorry for your loss. Coons are nasty creatures. Yes this attack can affect her laying. Beside being tramatized, she is now left alone. Maybe if you give her lots of attention and love, she may bounce back and start laying eggs soon. I hope you can get some friends soon. :thumbsup
     
  6. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC. Give her time to recuperate from the attack, she'll come around and start laying.
     
  7. Broken

    Broken Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  10. laurie123

    laurie123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry to hear of your loss. Hope you can get Mrs. Smith some friends soon!
     

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