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Two-legged predators

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by coopncottage, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. coopncottage

    coopncottage In the Brooder

    Sep 22, 2011
    Front Range
    On Thursday night, just before dark, we closed up the coop and run, and secured the latches (my daughter herded our 7 hens in, and closed doors, then I went out and double-checked). The coop is toward the back of our yard, near a gate for back alley access. We left for dinner. Came back two hours later to find our back gate, run door, and coop door all standing wide open. One little Cochin Bantam was in the coop, one Bantam was in the run trying to hide under the step, and we found our barred rock hiding under a bush in the yard. Missing were our four biggest hens -- two BOs, a RIR, and a gold laced wyandotte. There were no feathers, no blood, no sign of any struggle.

    It took our minds a while to grasp that our four big hens had been stolen (I think they tried to take the barred rock too, but she got away, which explains why she was in the yard). We walked the area for over an hour with flashlights, then as soon as the sun was up began searching again. The police officer we talked to felt it was likely someone had taken them to eat. Or maybe to sell (they were young hens, just started laying a month ago). I thought it could be a prank, and we've posted fliers, walked door-to-door, and called the humane society.

    They were dear pets, and we are sad to lose them.

    We have added padlocks to the coop door and the run door, as well as to the back gate. Three motion sensor lights are mounted around the coop.

    We were so careful to build our coop to be fox/raccoon/coyote/skunk proof. We never anticipated predators of the two-legged variety.

  2. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Songster

    Apr 15, 2009
    I'm so sorry. [​IMG]
  3. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Songster

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    what awful people! Since it is close to the alley gate, I would assume it is someone on the street behind you that could SEE your birds...I am so sorry. If I were you, I would also add cameras to the coop...just incase they try to come back for the barred [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    I'm so very sorry. [​IMG]. What disgusting person/people to do such a horrid thing!!!

    We built our coop inside our garage mainly for predator safety. This includes 2 legged predators. They are locked behind a steel door every night.

    I'm so sorry. [​IMG]
  5. blkpoodles

    blkpoodles Songster

    Sep 5, 2011
    Winsted, CT
    im so sorry to hear, we keep a close eye on ours since someone showed alittle too much interest in ours, we plan on getting locks for our coops. sad people would do something like that
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011
  6. coopncottage

    coopncottage In the Brooder

    Sep 22, 2011
    Front Range
    Quote:Thank you -- I will look into cameras. I wish I had them set up before this happened!
  7. Mommy 2 Wee Ones

    Mommy 2 Wee Ones Songster

    May 19, 2011
    North Texas
    Am so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
    I don't understand the mentality of some people.

  8. coonhoundmama87

    coonhoundmama87 Songster

    Oct 26, 2011
    [​IMG] I can't stand people who steal!
  9. sunnione

    sunnione Chirping

    Nov 3, 2011
    In the sticks
    I am sorry to hear you have had to deal with the bad element we have in this world!

    I can't add much to what others have said to help in protecting the rest of the flock and any future ones you may get.
  10. terrilhb

    terrilhb Songster

    Dec 11, 2010
    What terrible people. I am so sorry this happened to you. [​IMG] [​IMG] from Ga. I am so sorry it is under these circumstances. [​IMG]

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