Orphaned chicks! Who killed my hen?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jbieware, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. jbieware

    jbieware Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 13, 2008
    Silver Point TN
    I had a very good hen that hatched 7 eggs 4 days ago. When we woke up this morning she was gone but all the chicks were there. I don't have any idea what could have got her. Her nest was on the front porch. There were no feathers or signs of a struggle, no paw prints left. I've looked over the entire yard...and nothing. We live in the woods but what would come up on our porch and leave no sign? Please, any suggestions I would appreciate.
  2. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008

    Her nest was on the front porch? So she was just loose on her own with no enclosed, safe place? In that circumstance, really you should not be shocked that she is gone. It doesn't sound like she was protected at all. Chickens are not like predator dogs that can fight off an aggressor. They are prey and need protecting. I also live in the woods and I know that the woods are full of animals that would like nothing more than a tender, tasty chicken dinner. And chickens are most vulnerable when they are sitting alone on their nests. So it is up to us to protect them or they are sitting ducks.

    You might want to take a look at the Coop Design section to get an idea of some of the acceptable types of housing for chickens. That way the chicks will stand a chance.

    Sorry for your loss.
    Good luck
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2008
  3. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Sounds like a fox got her. Possibly a coyote. A fox will take a chicken and leave little or no evidence. Not even a feather.
  4. chicamama

    chicamama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Topanga Ca
    Awww.... poor little mama.

    How are the chicks?
  5. chickie_mama

    chickie_mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Lula, GA
    So sorry for your loss!
  6. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    darn, same thing happend to me !!! now today something got one of my ducks.. I bet its a yote
  7. ncgnance

    ncgnance Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2007
    Iredell County, NC
    Probably a fox. One came right up in my back yard and took a hen. Luckily, my cows saved the hen. They caught up with the fox right before he got out of the pasture. Both of them hit him and he dropped the hen. Sure wish I had it on video. A beautiful ending, and the fox has not been back.

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