Sad night

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by achake01, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. achake01

    achake01 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2010
    Hi, all. I'm new at this. The 13 four-week old chicks made it through their first week in the outdoor brooder, but something got in there and killed all of them tonight. The brooder seemed so secure, enclosed by a heavy door that was difficult for even me to pull open.
    My husband made the unfortunate discovery--he says the door was still shut, so the predator couldnt have used that as the entryway. Poor guy is out there cleaning up the mess and trying to figure out what happened.
    I wasnt prepared for this at all. I had mothered these little guys, coddled them through everything from an eye infection to pasty butt, etc. and in recent days had started figuring out the boys from the girls.
    It's incredibly traumatic and upsetting.
    I wonder if I'm tough enough to try again. I don't know..
    Anne Marie
  2. Jaguaress

    Jaguaress Chicken Addict Wanna-be

    May 27, 2010
    Piedmont, NC
    I'm sorry... [​IMG]
  3. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2009
    I am so sorry for the loss of your babies. [​IMG] It truly is devastating when something like this happens. I hope you are able to figure out where the predator got in and what it was. Don't give up on having chickens. Just learn from this and go on.
  4. achake01

    achake01 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2010
    Thanks guys, I'm grateful for this forum. I don't know who else I could talk to about this who would understand. And I really don't want to talk to anyone right now anyway, I'm too upset. I appreciate the support. Anne Marie.
  5. SunnyChic

    SunnyChic Keep The Sunny Side Up

    Mar 7, 2009
    I'm so sorry this happened to you! [​IMG]
  6. SeaHen

    SeaHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2009
    Springfield, OR
    Anne Marie, I'm so sorry for your loss and know how heartbreaking it is. Give yourself time but don't give up. [​IMG]
  7. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    Sorry about your loss. What type of wire did you have covering it? Do you have pictures of your coop and run? I'd be happy to troubleshoot it. Sad to have all of that work undone.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2010
  8. achake01

    achake01 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2010
    Thanks, Dogfish
    I'll take some photos and would be grateful if you could take a look. I can take some tomorrow.
  9. achake01

    achake01 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 15, 2010
    Oh the wire: It was black plastic-coated hardwire cloth. Tough stuff--and expensive.
  10. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2008
    N.E. Pa.
    [​IMG] [​IMG], I am so sorry this happened. It has to be devastating to lose them all. I hope you can find out where the predator got in and fix it, please don't give up on chickens that lets the predator win. Show them you are in control. [​IMG]

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