What is HAPPINING??? Lost 7 chickens this spring...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by the Precious Ladies, May 24, 2012.

  1. the Precious Ladies

    the Precious Ladies Songster

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    I feel awful. How could I have lost HALF of my flock this spring?!? 6 died from predators (hawk, cats, foxes) and now I came home today to my locked coop and saw that I lost Willow. She was only 4 months old. She was just dead, I have no clue how. *Gross warning* Her body was sunken and flat and her face was red and pulpy and all the feathers from her neck were plucked. Did the other chickens do this??? they havent done anything like this before. I just dont know what to do. I feel crappy- like a bad chicken owner. Ive lost at least 10 chickens in the past 2 years. Should I just stop rasing chickens after my other chickies pass away ( hopefully that time is a far time away from now)
    Im lost
     
  2. leadwolf1

    leadwolf1 Songster

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    These things happen and I'm sorry that you are losing so many. [​IMG] I don't know what happened to Willow. Although it sounds as if a larger chicken squished her.

    Don't give up...especially if you enjoy them. I have been battling Marek's for 8 months and in that time I have lost 30 chickens...4 just this week..[​IMG]

    So, I can feel your pain. I just love my chickens though and can't imagine having a couple empty coops....
     

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