Thought I lost a hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Airilith, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. Airilith

    Airilith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I went over this afternoon to spend a little time with my flock, as I won't be around tomorrow or Friday. When I got to the coop I realized that some of the girls had managed to fly the fence, which happens fairly often with the smaller, lighter pullets. No biggy. I had a bag of rice and everyone I could see came running. Five minutes later I had them back in the run. I sat on a bucket and talked to them all, petted my friendlier birds. You know the normal chicken time activities. And then I started doing my nightly headcount. I was missing a barred rock. I counted 3 more times, stuck my head in the coop, counted a few more times. Still 1 short.

    I took a deep breath. She must have flown the fence too. So I grabbed a bag of treats and started calling for her. I walked around and around, no chicken. I went way farther than I've ever seen them from the coop. No luck. Called the DBF to tell him I'd be late, and that I mught have to swing by the coop after dinner to see if she'd come back yet. I was slowly starting to freak out. If she was out there somewhere and didn't show up tonight, there'd be no one to let her back in tomorrow or Friday.

    So I went back in the coop and finished my nightly chores. At this point the sun had gone down enough for me to need a flashlight to do yet another headcount. I came up one short again ... until I saw something behind a nestbox that no one ever uses. And there was my missing barred rock!!!!!! I was estatic [​IMG]

    I picked her up and checked her over. She was sitting on two eggs, but I didn't think anything of it. I put her down and she ran over to get a bite to eat. I collected the eggs and started for the door. And she started screaming. She was back near the nest box freaking out. The darn girl has gone broody on me. I waited a few minutes thinking she'd calm down. I was wrong. She kept screaming and searching (it was pathetic). But that preceded to set off the roosters, who set off the rest of the hens. I gave in. I gave her two eggs from yesterday that were cold, cold, cold. I'll let her play mama until I get back this weekend. Haha! She's happy and I'm happy.

    I just had to share because I know y'all understand what I went through this evening [​IMG]

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
     
  2. PamB

    PamB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2010
    Dayville, CT
    I'm so glad you found her safe & sound! [​IMG]
     
  3. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    The relief when you find them is priceless.


    I hate when the whole coop gangs up against you [​IMG]
     
  4. LeghornLisa

    LeghornLisa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So glad it ended well. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your peeps!!
     
  5. Airilith

    Airilith Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Pam, HorseFeatherz, and Lisa! And HorseFeatherz you are so right. There is nothing better than that feeling of relief when you find a missing bird.
     
  6. pawprint2104

    pawprint2104 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So glad you found her. Not very grateful, though, was she?!

    I haven't had a broody hen, yet. It's hilarious reading about her broody behavior.
     

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