R.I.P. Pearl :-(((

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by esjro, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. esjro

    esjro Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2008
    Stockton, NJ
    Had a loss today, so wanted to share here... I am worried that non-BYC people won't understand why a 34 year old woman would cry over a $7 chicken. Here goes...

    I'm a first time chicken owner, and I thought that I'd done what I could to keep my ladies safe. We predator-proofed the Chick-N-Barn, and bought a electric poultry fence from Premier for when they are out during the day. But today, just as I was heading out to install a flat panel heater in the coop, I saw a hawk flying up to a tree. With a sinking feeling in my stomach, I ran towards the chicken area and found my barred rock Bea screaming at the top of her lungs. I called the ladies but no one came, so I looked inside the coop and counted... only 5 of the ladies were accounted for.

    My husband searched the area and found my other barred rock Pearl. Her neck had been broken by the hawk.

    She was still warm and I held her while my husband dug a hole to bury her. I am always amazed at how soft chicken feathers are.

    Henrietta, one of my two EEs, had a close call. We found a couple big chunks of her feathers around the yard, but she is okay - she is missing a clump of feathers on her chest and has a cut, but it has stopped bleeding so I think she will be alright.

    This afternoon we put up pallets against the trees to give the ladies more hiding places (I live in a wooded area), and hung CDs and strips of shiny insulation from the trees. I did a search of the forums here, and those seem to be the best options besides enclosing the run which would be pretty tough in the area we have them in. Hopefully it will work. I can't help but think that if I had just gone outside a minute sooner she would have been okay, but my husband says I can't be home all the time.

    Why did they have to kill Pearl of all the chickens? She was my favorite. She would fly up to my shoulder and coo in my ear until I fed her grapes. I called her Pearl the Parrot, and would teasingly scold her "You're not a parrot, you're a chicken!" She was always kind to the other chickens and was the first to come when I called.

    R.I.P. Pearl, the flock will not be the same without you. :-(((
  2. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
    [​IMG] Seems like it always the favorite.
  3. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm sorry for your loss [​IMG]

  4. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

    Mar 31, 2008
    Lebanon, TN
    Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. There's always one or two special birds, and it's hard to lose them!
  5. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    [​IMG] I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Pearl. I cried so much when my baby Blue Cochin died. I understand. R.I.P. Pearl. She is over thr Rainbow Bridge now.
  6. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    I'm sorry for your loss, I know how heartbreaking losing a beloved pet is.
  7. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I'm sorry. [​IMG]
  8. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Pearl. We all have a favorite.. and I now have at least 3 favorites! oh, I sniffled for you. so sad. I am glad you at least got to hold her while she was still warm.
  9. Beau coop

    Beau coop Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    [​IMG] So sorry to hear this.
  10. smith2

    smith2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2008
    Paris, TN
    I don't know why it seems that when a chicken dies on its own I get so upset and obsess about it for a few days, but I can kill those mean roos and throw them in the pot without the slightest hesitation. I guess I just want the control. Sorry about your Pearl. I get really disgusted when another animal gets any of my girls or my boys for that matter.:mad:

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