So Sad

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by harleysville homesteader, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. harleysville homesteader

    harleysville homesteader Hatching

    Jul 21, 2010
    Harleysville, PA
    This is my first post and I hate that it's a sad one.

    We have been raising 2 Rhode Island Reds and 2 Barred Rocks since March and they've been happily living in their coop and run for a few months now.
    They were looking beautiful and I've been thinking that ANY day I'd be getting our first eggs...
    I went to check them this evening - carrying fresh food and water and excited about poking around the nesting boxes hunting for a hidden egg when I was hit with the most terrible sight ever.
    All my little hens dead - feathers everywhere!

    I'm not sure what happened - it's not like anything "ate" them. They are just attacked and dead. The only opening in the run (a converted dog run - originally chain link - reinforced with welded wire fabric 3' up, a top of welded wire fabric and solid CMU blocks around the base of the run) is at the door 3' above ground and not big enough for anything substantial to fit. I'm not even sure what could have gotten in there to do all that damage and I'm just completely devastated that I lost my whole beautiful little flock so suddenly.

    I was surprised at how emotional I got... Those little chickens were really starting to grow on me... [​IMG]
  2. Finn's Mom

    Finn's Mom Songster

    [​IMG] I'm so sorry.
  3. Lobzi

    Lobzi Crowing

    Yes they do. Im so sorry for your loss. I had a few day old chick carried off by a bluejay the other day. I was so heart broken for the baby and its suffering and the mama hen. She had gone after the baby over a fence. You need to figure out what got into your "secure" area or at least how they did. Good luck to you.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2010
  4. buckabucka

    buckabucka Crowing

    Jan 13, 2010
    Fairfield, Maine
    My Coop
    So sorry for your loss! [​IMG]
    Perhaps it was a weasel? I do hope you can figure out what happened, so it won't happen in the future. I can't imagine how devastated you must feel!

  5. chickboss

    chickboss Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    I am so sorry for your loss. I know how bad it is as I have just experienced a big loss as well. Good luck securing your run. It is amazing the small spaces some of these critters can fit through...

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