Our flock was decimated.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mangled, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. mangled

    mangled Songster

    Thursday night we had a bear attack. We figure there were two or more bears. Possibly a mother and two cubs.

    Our coops are destroyed. 1/2 plywood was splintered. We constructed with 2x4 and 2x6 boards. The doors had heavy-duty strap hinges and latches that were screwed in with 2 inch galvanized screws. Everything was layed to waste.

    There are currently 2 leghorn hens, a RIR hen, a turkey and a bantam Sumatra left of my 50+ flock. The ducks were not harmed, as they were at the pond on the floating nest.

    My husband was out on a double, and with the air conditioners running, and our coop being a good distance from the house, I didn't know anything happened until I went out around 6:30 to open them up.

    So, I'm left with the results of my hatch from a week ago, which is 18 leghorn chicks, and a few battered hens.

    I'm pretty sure we're selling off the chicks and quitting the chicken thing.
    My heart is just broken.
    Em
     
  2. Camelot Farms

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  3. MysticScorpio82

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    [​IMG] I am so sorry for your loss [​IMG]
     
  4. FlyingFChick

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    I am sooooo sorry for your loss!!! Please don't give up!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. calista

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  6. chickenriot

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    So sorry for your loss ! I'd probably be ready to throw in the towel myself so I understand how you feel.

    Please be careful because they might come back again thinking there's another easy meal to be had.
     
  7. chick4chicks

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    [​IMG] I am so sorry this happened to you and your chickens. When bear season comes around remember this and invite everyone you know to come hunting. I know the bear were doing what comes natural to them but it still hurts.
     
  8. 1_FnkyFrm

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    WOW! [​IMG] Sorry for your loss. I would say it will be back also. Its time for a bear trap!
     
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  9. Dorte

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    What a horrible experience, I am so sorry [​IMG].

    Bears are hard to beat, smart and strong.
     
  10. mangled

    mangled Songster

    Thanks, everyone.

    My husband has been outside all day, salvaging what we can of the wood.

    On a bright note, the other "crazy chicken lady" down the street goes to my church, and after I told her what happened, stopped up with a bunch of fertile hatching eggs for me. She has a big Brahma roo and a mix of EE, SLW, RIR, and Brahma hens. They'll be mutts for the most part, but I don't care. My husband insists that we keep chickens. I guess I'd miss not having them around.

    We called the Game Commission (worthless pieces of chicken poo that they are) and they are supposed to stop up with a bear trap. I told them we'll shoot to kill if we see them. The remaining chickens won't even get close to us now, I'm afraid they'll fall victim to predators if I can't get them in.

    What a mess.

    Em
     

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