The saddest day so far with chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Billyj, Sep 25, 2010.

  1. Billyj

    Billyj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today was the worst day ever for me. I started with 7 chickens about two years ago. Over the course of the 2 years my flock grew and shrank (gave or sold) of up to 40 chickens. About a month ago, I hatched out 15 babies. Today I buried my last chicken. I am sooooo sad. I have no idea what killed them. All of them. I have no chickens left. I am so heart broken I am not sure when I will get more. I went from 20 last week to none this morning. I think it was a racoon or possom due to the fact that on many, just the head was gone. However, some were eaten and the carcas was left. My neighbor said he has seen a fox, so I am sure he got some as well because they were completely gone. The sad thing is that today, I was going to refortify my coop for the remaining ones I had. I had already checked for entry holes (found none) as well as put up electric wire around my pen. all I have now are memories, pictures and feathers I picked up out of the year. The worst part is, that some were found outside the pen dead. I am just at a lost for words. After I had my cry this morning, I downsized my pen I had built due to the fact that I just could not bear the sight of the big pen. On top of that, I put my hand on 2 rusty nails and bled for about 10 mins. I am sure a tetnis(sp) shot is now on it's way. These were my babies. I had wanted chickens for so long and finaly got some. I don't know how long it will be before I get more. I guess I will live with chickens through the wonderful stories on here. So keep with the fun and wonderful stories. I need them right now. All my best.

    Lost without my chickens
     
  2. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    I'm so sorry. ((hug))
     
  3. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    aww nuts! Im so sorry--- Im sure after you get the coop and pen completely secure the urge to get new babies will come-and then when you are ready you need to get mre:)
     
  4. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry for your loss.
     
  5. 88heather

    88heather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh so sorry![​IMG]
     
  6. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now is the time to dry your tears, work on your coop, then shop for fuzzy butts. It was always sad when my girls were lost to weasels, to wild pigs, a fox or two or not knowing what got them. That is a part of what we do and why we do it. I lost one of my long time girls two or three weeks ago. Get back on the horse so to speak, spring is just around the corner in our world. Choose your favorite breed or pick a new one. Ideal and McMurry both had specials going on this week. So sorry about your loss, rebuild, renew....
     
  7. Sandy16

    Sandy16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so sorry for your loss. maybe someday you'll want to try raising chickens again. Hugs to you. [​IMG]
     
  8. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    I can't imagine what it would be like to lose all of my birds at one time like you did. I hope you can find it within yourself to start over. I think that if you fortified your coop, starting over would be very good in helping you get over the loss of your other birds. Keep your chin up...we are all with you in spirit.
     
  9. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There's definitely a bit of a dark side to raising chickens. It's a fairly complex operation for a hen to kick an egg out a day and then there's us getting between them and the rest of the food chain(s). It sounds like you've been doing really good and that everything was going well until this morning. It's a lot of work and a lot of upset raising them. Yes, make sure you keep up on your tetanus. Maybe someone locally you can find to give or sell you some chicks or fertile eggs?
     
  10. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    That is just too sad!! I am so sorry.
     

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