The Worst!!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Barn Maid Ann, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. Barn Maid Ann

    Barn Maid Ann Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    Punta Gorda, FL
    My chickens have been free ranginging our property for several years now. We have lost a bird here and there to predation, but today I came home from work to find annihilation of most of my flock. I am just sick.
    There are feathers, where individual killings must have taken place, all over my property. And I found one of my young Brahmas back in the woods, dead. The roosters were all killed in close proximity to the coop, around the barnyard. I am sure they put up a valliant fight.
    I had lost a few birds over the last couple of days, and did see a coyote yesterday morning. My husband, who is usually home all day, is out of town. I have to go to work, but waited this morning to see if I saw the coyote. By 8:30, when I have to leave, I did not see it, so I let the chickens out. We have had some hawk attacks in broad daylight, but never have the coyotes been so bold. That one must have returned with a pack. I guess they realized the place was totally unprotected, and just had a free for all.
    I wish now, I had left them cooped up, or at least left the barn open where they could have taken cover. Some of them were several years old and very much loved. I could just die of regret..... [​IMG]

  2. BrokenRoadFarm

    BrokenRoadFarm Chirping

    Jun 10, 2011
    North Central NC
    So sorry!!! [​IMG]
  3. AK Michelle

    AK Michelle Bad Girl of the North

    Mar 17, 2009
    Palmer, Alaska

    I'm so sorry. I can only imagine how hard this is for you.

    I had a dog attack and kill 5 of my hens but the rest survived and I thought it was completely devastating. This has got to be soooo much worse.

  4. Oldfort_mailman

    Oldfort_mailman "The Fortfather"

    Jul 19, 2011
    cleveland tennessee
    I am very sorry for your loss. It is so frustrating after feeding, watering, and getting them over sickness just to have a predator come in and take them.

  5. TroutsChicks

    TroutsChicks Fluffy Stuffins

    Jun 5, 2011
    baxter Tn
    [​IMG] I am so sorry for your loss, I know how you feel.I almost cried reading your post and thinking of coming home myself and finding that. I pray for you to find peace and comfort.You gave them a longer life then they would have normally had and they knew your love. You did them no harm leaving them out, only letting them free range like they always did. hang in there, and keep us updated about finding the killer.. I would kill anything that ate mine and make a rug out of it to put in the coop for my chicks to poop on!
  6. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Maine, USA
    I am sorry for your loss! [​IMG]
  7. MEchickenfarmer33

    MEchickenfarmer33 Chirping

    Jul 29, 2011
    ohhh i feel so bad just listening to your story... i suggest killing the coyote for good if you can. so sorry for your loss.

  8. Jerseycoop

    Jerseycoop Songster

    May 13, 2011
    New Jersey
    So sorry for your loss [​IMG] just so sad
  9. HenCrazyMom

    HenCrazyMom Chirping

    Jul 17, 2011
    Merrifield, MN
    So very sorry for your loss:hugs

  10. Barn Maid Ann

    Barn Maid Ann Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    Punta Gorda, FL
    Thank you all. It has been depressingly quiet around here. I miss hearing my roosters. And no one to greet me when I get home. [​IMG]
    I did let them out when I got home today, but was afraid to leave the barnyard. But they will not be getting back out for any length of time, until my /DH gets back. He is travelling a lot this fall. :-(
    I love having the chickens range all over our property, but free ranging has its disadvantages.
    We've just got to get rid of those devil coyotes.......

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