~ We Lost One ~

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Fresh Eggs, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello all,


    Today as I was going across our bridge to take a walk on our other acre, I saw the body of one of our 3 month old rhodie pullets. As I picked it up, its whole right side was soaking wet from the creek. It was still limp, it died while I was shopping at the mall with my family this afternoon. My baby sister was crying gallons of tears, while I was trying to figure out what had happened as my father way burying her. Then my mother told me that the neighbor said his Black Labrador, Luke had killed her. He said their wings should be clipped. But I knew something was not right. My Girlies and LaRoo as well as Oschter Havs had never even attempted to fly over the 5 foot fence that had bordered their gigantic weed infested, as well as bug, dog run. I went looking around for another entry to the canines jagged fangs. Then, I saw it; a foot tall gap between the earth and the chain - link fence. I quickly boarded it up with one of our spare terra cotta roof tiles. I assumed that our rhodie was killed by Luke, and then chucked over the fence, and into the creek. Oddly enough, I am not sad at all. Rather, I am glad that we have found a way to protect our chooks from danger. I belive that our neigbor was trying to remove the chicken so his dog would not mutilate it, and also so we would not see it, and therefor not miss it and move on. He had raised 20 chickens at one time as well, so he cares about ours. It is a virtue to forgive and forget, as I say in German Leb Die Sekunde. Live The Second. Although we lost one of our girls, it is a life lesson of chicken keeping to protect, and to forgive. The fox only wants to feed her kits, and the racoon wants to fill its empty belly.

    Thank You,


    Fresh Eggs
     
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    So sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
     
  3. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

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    That post, with all the forgiveness so easily given, really warmed my heart, especially that last sentence. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

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    [​IMG] for your little sister. It is a hard thing to lose one of our feather babies. A hard lesson but glad you investigated and solved the problem.
     
  5. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all, I was really trying to think optomisticly about the whole situatuion. I AM looking forward to hatching some eggs next spring though!!!
     
  6. New adventure

    New adventure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Everyone should have a neighbor like you, and all chicks should have such a caring tender! Beautiful post - sorry for your loss!
     

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