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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by KickingChicken, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. KickingChicken

    KickingChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi-
    I am so disappointed, I had to share this with someone. My husband and I went out of town for a week and I had my friend watching my chickens. I had 4 adults and 6 chicks. One of the adults was a broody mama that hatched all the chicks and was a wonderful mom to them. I have never had a predator problem before and never expected this. She left the door to the run open somewhere in the days I was gone. I got home yesterday and mama bird and five of the babies are gone. There are no feathers or anything to identify the predator (I read the sticky). I am in North Georgia, and know we have racoons and opossum. Although, if they were the culprit I would think that there would be feathers. I have a 6 foot wooden fence around the yard also. Luckily one of the hens has taken the baby in, well somewhat. Now all three are not roosting in the coop, I find them huddled in a corner near the house- its the strangest thing. Baby tucked in under them. Do you think they are not roosting because of a traumatic event that happened in the coop, or because the baby cant get up into the coop yet (there is a pretty steep ramp up). I have been taking them and putting them in the coop. The coop is predator safe (well if the door is closed). Should I make them stay in there for a few days without free ranging. They are not laying eggs in there or anything.
     
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  2. flash5153

    flash5153 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did your friend invite you over for chicken dinner?? Im kidding. I'm confused though,,you have a predator safe coop,, and you don't think the door was left open. And they are just gone with no sign.
     
  3. KickingChicken

    KickingChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Ha, good point! I am sorry, I had a typo. She did leave the back door open.
     

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