Quite a scare this morning!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ibpboo, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
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    So I went to feed and all there was in Tree Chick's nest box was a ton of feathers. One of the feed cans was knocked over. The 3 month RIR's were still in their box, and Cotton, the silkie was outside making a fuss. On no, I did not shut the barn door last night, one of the babies was staying out late and I thought, oh, I will come back out in a few minutes. So this morning I was sick, I hadn't remembered to close the door last night. I came back in the house and gave my DH the news. Something ate Tree Chick. I went back out there to see if hopefully she had found a place to squeeze into and hide. There were no feathers outside of the barn anywhere. When I went back into the barn, THERE WAS TREE CHICK! She was getting a drink. I gave her some food, which she gobbled up and then went back to her nest! She's missing tail feathers and such, but she is OK!!
    She only has a rock in her nest because I have no rooster so the eggs will never hatch, so she just sits on the rock.
     
  2. freshegg

    freshegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    is she moulting? I dont know about the feeder. did something get her tailfeathers in a ruffle and she knocked feeder over?[​IMG]

    glad she is ok, I just had a few rough minutes I locked myself in the coop run area pull string for latch got caught up, had to reach a hoe over the fence and hit latch up.. I knew it would happen someday but I didnt like being cooped up like a chicken;)
     
  3. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
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    Quote:Something had attacked and she was able to escape, lots of tight spaces in barn, she must of gotten to one!! This is way too many feathers to be a molt, the feathers were not there yesterday. I know foxes come into my yard as well as possums. And skunks also live in the area.
    Thats funny, locking yourself in coop, I have done that before myself, not fun at all!! [​IMG]
     
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Whew HUH!?
     
  5. freshegg

    freshegg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    glad she escaped Im so new to chickens Ive only heard of moulting so I dont know how many feathers they loose at once, I guess if I got up and had a naked bird Id [​IMG] say must be that moulting thing I read about on BYC.
     
  6. priszilla

    priszilla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    give that poor girl some eggs- no fair making her try to hatch a rock-lol . But glad she is safe.
     

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