No more chickens :-(

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by millivanilli, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. millivanilli

    millivanilli Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 27, 2012
    Its with a broken heart I report when I went out to feed them this morning, I found both chickens killed. Nothing has ever bothered them in 2 years.

    After reading the stickys it must have been a raccoon. Milli died up near the nest box, she had some head and eye trauma. Poor Vanilli I'll spare the details.

    I cried all morning. Those 2 characters were an integral part of our home and yard, 2 busybodies involved in all yardwork, guests, pool activity, traffic, and even persisted in barging up to the dogs.

    My man friend said he would help me fortify the coop but we should wait until spring. I'm not sure I ever want to expose another chicken to what Milli and Vanilli went through. Those sweet docile hens never stood a chance. I feel like my heart is crackling into a million little pieces.
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    I'm so sorry for your losses [​IMG].
  3. real_redhead

    real_redhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2011
    Roanoke, VA
    So sorry, I understand how you feel I lost all but one of my flock to a dog attack and I didn't think I could keep doing it. But I moved forward and now have another great group of girls, of course my kids and I will always remember our first girls and we talk about them often. You can do it!!
  4. Kirklandchick

    Kirklandchick Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 13, 2012
    So sorry for your loss :(
  5. lesliedow

    lesliedow Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm so sorry for your loss. I love my girls, silly things that they are, and can only imagine what you are going through. Every day I let the kids out, I worry.
  6. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2009
    Portland, tennessee
    I know how you feel, I live in Northern Tennessee, And I live in a small town, out in the country, There is several wooded areas here near our property... I have dealt with Dogs, And Foxes...It is very heartbreaking loosing your feathered buddies...I would keep your head up and just use it as experience. I used to free range everything, but now I only let them out for a few hours in the middle of the day, while I can check on them or out there with them.

    I use lights around my coops to keep preds away.
  7. heybarb

    heybarb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2012
    North Carolina
    I am so sorry! I can certainly understand how you feel since we've lost 5 now to coyotes and hawks with 2 of those losses in the past week. [​IMG]
  8. Chickenfan4life

    Chickenfan4life Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 28, 2012
    Planet No
    That is so sad. I am so sorry. [​IMG]
  9. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    Sorry for your loss.Set a trap 24/7.
  10. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Set a trap using remains of bird lost as bait. Catch offender and make no assumption only one is involved and try to catch another. Post pictures of coop as it exist now and following modifications so those having experience with raccoon proofing can provide advice if needed.

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