Palo Alto Member Needs Some Serious Advice

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Jajika, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. Jajika

    Jajika Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Everyone:

    I'm in a serious situation....

    Last week I had a raccoon attack...first one in 12 years!

    Lost all but one girl. She managed to survive. Because I no longer feel my chicken yard is safe, a friend took Chloe in for a while. Well, she can't keep her now. It appears Chloe might have some inflammation around her tush. Vet said she thinks it may be due to all the stress, so I'm giving her antibiotics (one shot a day). She eats, drinks, sun bathes, grooms, everything she is supposed to do. Vet said she seems fine, otherwise.

    I did not want to bring her home until I can totally reinforce the yard, as obviously I thought it was safe...for 12 years. My friend gave me a large hard wire cloth cage with a small roost it in and room for food and water. I put it in the large coop at night, lock it down like crazy and lock the coop as well.

    After being with a flock all her life, she is alone. I'm so worried until I can get some new chickens, she will get very depressed over the next couple of weeks???

    I don't know who would take her? She's basically healthy except for some swelling. No egg in there, no mass.

    How do I care for her during the rebuild process? I work full time during the day, so there is not much company. I don't want to keep her locked up all day. Right now she is wandering around the chicken yard, pecking and sunbathing.

    I have two weeks...just two Monday's to rebuild -- basically--reinforce my yard to be more raccoon proof. have a plan. Just need the materials and muscle.

    Thanks..

    A very sad and distressed Geri
     
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm sorry about the losses to your flock. I know what it is like to go years with no attacks and then some industrious raccoon gets past the defenses. It is a horrible feeling, I know, but it sounds like you are trying to do your best by Chloe given the circumstances. The extra cage at night should be pretty secure for now since hardware cloth has such small openings.
    So you are mostly worried about her safety during the day in the chicken run? Have you figured out how the raccoons got in? If they dug in you could put stepping stones or cinder blocks around the exterior base as an interim solution. If the coons climbed over, I suppose you could put some tarp over the run which may or may not help.

    If you want help from locals, you may want to post on your state thread here:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/25/california-northern
     
  3. Jajika

    Jajika Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much.

    I'm also worried about her being lonely? I will get some new chickens once I feel the yard is safe again, but until then, will she get depressed and dye of loneliness? Do chickens do that?
     
  4. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    I know the situation is not ideal, but if she is at least sand bathing and pecking around, she should hang in there okay. I have known seriously injured chickens who had to be separated from the flock for several weeks made it through.
     
  5. Jajika

    Jajika Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. That helps.

    This whole thing has been so difficult.
     

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