RIP Lilly :( :( - WE FOUND HER!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BoerneChickens, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. BoerneChickens

    BoerneChickens Songster

    Mar 3, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    We lost our Silkie today - she was 13 weeks old and out in the yard ranging with the full grown standard sized girls. I was home in a room where I can hear them and other than some egg songs early in the day I didn't hear anything. I went out mid afternoon to check them and to go pick up the kids from school and she was gone. There were no real signs of struggle - I did notice a few feathers but not many more than are normally in the yard. Her bantam buddy Athena seemed a little shaken up and was in her house on the roost, but the big girls were out in the yard as usual no signs of distress. I have them in my back yard - there is a 6 foot wooden fence all the way around the yard and the gaps under it have been blocked. We had a raccoon in the yard the other night - woudl a raccoon come in broad daylight? And if it was a raccoon I would think there would be more sign of a struggle? There are a few small scrawney feral cats in the neighborhood - but I can't imagine one of them would risk coming in the yard with the big girls. I am not sure if there are hawks in town - I know there are vultures sometimes.

    Does anyone know what it might be? I'm afraid to let any of the girls out again for fear something will get them.

    My kids and I are all in tears tonight. I wish I hadn't let her free range - she wasn't as quick as the ohers (with her feathery feet) and she couldn't see well around all her fluffy face feathers - I shoudl have know she would be an easy target.

    Last edited: Sep 2, 2010

  2. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Songster

    Aug 13, 2010
    Bloomingdale, MI
    it was probably a cat.
  3. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    I'm sorry you lost your girl. I would keep them all in until you find an answer. Maybe she's even still around hiding, is that possible in your yard? I've heard a lot of stories where someone is missing a chook and then they show up later or the owner finds them hiding somewhere. I hope that's all it is. [​IMG]
  4. BoerneChickens

    BoerneChickens Songster

    Mar 3, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    Quote:I wish that were it - we searched the whole yard and the area around my yard - neighbors yards and the alley behind me - there was no sign of her. She usually peeps when she isn't with her buddy Athena and we didn't hear her anywhere either. I had heard cats won't usually mess with a grown chicken but I guess since she was so little maybe a cat braved it and grabbed her?

  5. eggseroneous

    eggseroneous Songster

    Apr 1, 2010
    South-Western PA
    I am sorry for your loss.

    Sounds to me like it was a hawk. They're everywhere and very silent. Vultures won't catch a live bird--they are the 'clean up crew' and only eat dead animals.

    They're is still a chance and I hope she shows up after coming out of hiding. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2010
  6. BoerneChickens

    BoerneChickens Songster

    Mar 3, 2010
    Boerne, TX
    I FOUND HER!!! She is ok! Somehow she managed to crawl down into one of the cement blocks that are the foundation of the coop! This morning when I went out to get the eggs I heard a muffled peep coming from the ground in the corner - I ran into the coop and got down and looked and saw a few white feathers sticking out. I was able to pull her out gently and she wasn't hurt - just hungry and thirsty after a day and a half of no water or food and heat index in the 100s.

    I am so thankful I found her and she is ok - what a terrible scare that was - my kids are going to be thrilled when they get home from school!

  7. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Songster

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    Quote:Yayayayayay! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2010

  8. wildeflowers

    wildeflowers I suspect fowl play!

    Jun 29, 2010
    You, too? What is going on with all of our chickens lately? They keep getting lost and found. [​IMG]

    That's great news.
  9. cindy99

    cindy99 Songster

    Jul 7, 2010
    Tioga County PA
    [​IMG] It is great to see happy endings to some of these stories! So glad that you found her! < be prepared to get the stink eye for a while> [​IMG]

  10. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort &amp; Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Good news is so good to get! Congratulations. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Now seal up that hole! [​IMG]

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