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RIP Miss Jane- hawk attack

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by wyliefarms, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. wyliefarms

    wyliefarms Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    A very sad day at our house today. My daughter's very first bantam hen we bought for her 4 years ago was taken away by a hawk this morning. I feel terrible, I went out to check on one of her sick laying hens, which is doing better, (she doesn't like to dispose of them if they die) and let the chickens out. Her bantam free ranges (won't stay in the coop, independent little thing!) The girls were heading out with water (we live in Michigan) and the hawk attack happened as they were carrying the water buckets out. I rushed out, but the hawk and flown away with the hen. We all had a good cry out in the freezing cold. Now I am on a mission to try and find the breeder that I bought the hen from 4 years ago in MI at a swap meet in Shiawassee County Fairgrounds.

    This is Rachel and Miss Jane back in the summer of 2008

  2. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    Northern CA
    I am so sorry for your loss. We too had a hawk land in the yard but he didn't get any chickens. I am so sorry you were not as fortunate. Hugs to Rachel.. How sweet to raise that chicken for four years! I hope you find a replacement and she has many years of taking care of it.

  3. wyliefarms

    wyliefarms Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Thanks! Rachel has almost 50 chickens [​IMG] I got the number of who I need to call to get the ball rolling on getting a new showmanship hen.
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    aaawwww I am sorry for your loss and I know it must hurt your daughter to lose one like that. [​IMG]
  5. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Sarah, once warm weather returns Rachael is welcome to hatching eggs from any of my bantams she would like. Tell her I'm sorry she lost her bird.
  6. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    Wow, that really stinks! Right there in front of her too! I am so sorry. I have a Rachel too, she is my oldest daughter, now 18, huge animal lover, she would have been crying too. Not sure what Miss Jane was, but Rachel is welcome to hatching eggs from us too if she wants.
  7. wyliefarms

    wyliefarms Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    Miss Jane was an old english game hen.

  8. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Poor little chicken. [​IMG] I'm so sorry.
  9. KKatknap

    KKatknap Songster

    Nov 15, 2009
    Albany, OR

    First, I was heartbroken to think of watching a hawk carry away one of my beloved girls...I am so sorry for your daughter. I see she has lots of chickens, but it still hurts to lose the special ones. Especially in such a sudden and horrifying way.

    And I'm really touched by the kindness of the BYC folks. I've been reading here for quite some time, and recently started posting. This is a special group of people.
  10. Ibicella

    Ibicella Songster

    Nov 13, 2009
    Everett, WA
    Talk about insult to injury that it happened right in front of her! I'm so sorry for you and Rachel. You are such a good Mom to try to get her another little special chick for her.Take care.

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