Six Hens Lost At Once, First Time Owners

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by SarahKF, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. SarahKF

    SarahKF Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 25, 2014
    Hi all,

    We have had our chickens for about six months and last night was a particularly windy, stormy evening here in Melbourne, Australia. My partner went outside to check on the girls at about 1am and all was fine, however when he went to let them out this morning they were gone, feathers spread around inside the coop.

    He eventually found four of them dead on the ground over the fence in next door's yard. We had two large Isa browns, two baby Isas (2-3 months), a black silkie and a beautiful booted bantam hen named Rosa who was our first chicken and who we doted upon. The two larger Isas (Veronica and Matilda) and Alicia the silkie (almost fully grown) were headless, and one of the baby Isas (Jessica) was lying dead near them intact. There were feathers strewn around but no sign of the other baby Isa, and no feathers from Rosa the bantam.

    I know this sounds ridiculous but there's no hope Rosa could've escaped somehow is there? We've searched high and low for her and there's not a trace. She was our pet, she used to use the doggie door and come inside the house to warm up by the fire with us. We are quite heartbroken to lose any of them, let alone all at once. We've checked all the regular spots and nothing.

    Any ideas on what sort of predator would've taken them, being in Australia? Do any of you think there's any chance Rosa might've survived, and if she did is it likely she'd come back? The sun has just set and there's no sign of her fly kicking the back door to get in. We miss her terribly.

  2. appps

    appps Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 29, 2012
    Know we tend to think foxes are a country thing but they reckon there are more foxes living in cities than country these days because of the easy food from bins etc.

    We lost our flock to a fox and are literally 5 mins from our city centre so that would be my guess.

    I wouldn't get my hopes up but it's not unheard of for a hen to find its way back after hiding out so fingers crossed for you.
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  3. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2013
    Northwest Hills of CT
    Very sorry for your losses. Hope Rosa is hiding, and makes her way home. There are plenty of stories on BYC of chickens coming home after 1-3 days.
  4. gclark94560

    gclark94560 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I lost all four of my pullets recently. They were free ranging and just didn't come home.

    Killing all of them without eating them sounds like a well fed neighborhood dog.

    Killing for fun! [​IMG]
  5. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    So sorry for your loss. I'm not sure what kinds of predators live in your area. Here in Ohio, a possum will take the head off a chicken. I know you're sad now, but do try again with chickens. Hugs!
  6. minkies

    minkies New Egg

    May 4, 2014
    That's so sad, we lost 2 of our girls to our own dog after she got out if the backyard. It was terrible. But we have 30 acres upon which the girls range on roughly 5 and thankfully haven't had any other run ins with preditors.
  7. SarahKF

    SarahKF Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 25, 2014
    I am still hoping little Rosa might come back but it's not looking very likely, no sign of her for almost two days now. We miss her so much, I'm quite heartbroken. I didn't realise how attached I'd get to the girls.
  8. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007

    Sorry for your losses and, yes, it has seemed to me that more are `missing' than a mere tally reflects :(

    Baby monitors & lots of hardware cloth might begin to salve what's left of the gumption, a bit.

    Hang in there!
  9. HeatherFitz

    HeatherFitz New Egg

    Jul 28, 2014
    NSW, Australia
    I would say a fox. I live in Australia and our friends chickens got taken by a fox and were left headless and this is in the suburbs. We had one killed by a fox as well. Sorry for your loss.
  10. Toddrick

    Toddrick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2014
    Sorry for your loss. Social chickens are so unusual. I hope she left behind some viable eggs, so you can "bring her back" so to speak. (That's what I'm trying after losing my favorite girl).
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