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Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by iluvcks, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. Tacampbell1973

    Tacampbell1973 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  2. Tacampbell1973

    Tacampbell1973 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Tacampbell1973

    Tacampbell1973 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG hope she continues to be ok. We would be lost without little Sunni[​IMG] I have been off line for a few days mopping up the wreckage in my yard. I had a redtail hawk invade the sanctity of my back yard and kill one of my Guinea Keets. I have raised those babies since eggs. They are three months old this Monday exactlyis my fault though because I got complacent. They have free ranged since two weeksold along with my Banty chickens. So I guess it nwas a matter of time. We have enough firepower here to ward off WWIII,as my husband is a Marine and an avid hunter too. But guns don't do any good if you don't catch the hawk in the act. So yesterday I bought several packs of bird netting and I covered the run yesterday again. No more free ranging unsupervised. I don't know what to do with the little bitty carcass,. I can't eat it. I won't. I want to bury it up on the hill where I buried it's clutch- mates that were still- born. Poor little sweet ugly baby. they are so ugly that they are cute. The guilt is just eating me alive though. Stupid hawk. I am trying to come to terms with it though. He was just trying to survive and eat, But he has a whole forrest to hunt in and I'll be ****** if he's going to make himself a meal in my back yard again. I sure hope everyone else is doing good. I have to go work on my coop and run some more today so that nothing else gets them.

    BTW Chicken momma, that is a pretty typical reaction how you describe Sunni reacting. I have seen manyb of my birds act like that and come out ok. I stepped on my rooster when he was three weeks old and he did the sae thing. I too thought he was dead, called husband crying etc. But within two hours he was just fine, I am sure Sunni will be too.
    Another BTW does anyone think a scarecrow would work for hawks?
    i was going to put up a fake owl but realised it would terrify my birds....or make them unafraid of owls.
     
  4. kukupecpec

    kukupecpec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe hawks need something that moves. Our neighbor has a horrible dog that wants to eat anything that moves, including me, but consequently we have no other predators LOL
    I had a hawk problem growing up and the only thing that ever seemed to work for us was a LGD, no fake owls (although they make mechanical ones now so who maybe??) or scarecrows did the job =(
    There are also chicken saddles with "predator eyes" on them
    http://www.hensaver.com/hen-apron-saddle-styles-colors-prices.html (scroll to the bottom)
     
  5. PhantomChikkinz

    PhantomChikkinz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry to hear about your Guinea :(

    I lost one of my baby Seramas late last night. Only a few days old, but that doesn't make it any easier. I'd be lying if I said I didn't notice something was a little off about him.. He seemed a little lethargic, and wasn't as active as the others. He was eating and drinking, but I didn't think he was acting normal. Sometimes they just don't make it, huh? :(
     
  6. kukupecpec

    kukupecpec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sadly serama are just SO fragile!
    I hatch them lots, and the hatch rate isn't awesome to begin with, but the survival rate is rough too. My last hatch got 9 out of a dozen(which is actually pretty good, I was very excited) and lost one within a few days, another around 2 weeks, and a third at nearly 6 weeks. They are about 2 months now, and cute as can be! But even my full grown birds occasionally have sudden unexplained deaths. Then again I also have a little roo that seems to survive EVERYTHING. So individual can definitely be resilient!

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  7. Tacampbell1973

    Tacampbell1973 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. MsChickenMomma

    MsChickenMomma Overrun With Chickens

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    Sunni ate some celery and grapes on her own this morning!! :weee She also put up quite the fight when we tube fed her her breakfast this morning. She has always hated being tube fed, even when she was little, but I don't feel comfortable syringe feeding her right now. I don't want to risk her aspirating.

    The fact that she is interested in eating, and swirling her beak in her favorite water dish just thrills me. I can't believe how much of a fighter she is.
     
  9. Tacampbell1973

    Tacampbell1973 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. MsChickenMomma

    MsChickenMomma Overrun With Chickens

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    It has definitely been a ruff week for most of us. :( I hope this is the end of the injuries and deaths for a while. Losing pets is so hard.
     

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