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What killed my chicken

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by mnlght10, Sep 16, 2015.

  1. mnlght10

    mnlght10 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2015
    Hi we lost our first chicken yesterday during the day sometime she was one of four and the smallest one there were some feathers scattered around and blood on the cement but she was nowhere to be found we have several hawks that fly around our house and sometimes the perch on the trees above the house as well thinking that is what got her what are your thoughts?
  2. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
    I would think hawk too.

    Sorry about your loss! :(
  3. mnlght10

    mnlght10 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2015
    Thanks! It's so sad scared we will loose another one being more careful about letting them out until they are full size chickens
  4. sean320

    sean320 Out Of The Brooder

    Sorry to hear. We just had the same circumstances. All we found was a pile of feathers also. Our pullets were 6 weeks. I left them free range alone for about an hour and wham, roost time count was one short. Live and learn. And I just culled our roo 2 days ago. Go figure. I suspect neighborhood cat.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2015
  5. mnlght10

    mnlght10 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2015
    Sorry for your loss!
  6. sean320

    sean320 Out Of The Brooder

  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    The best way to prevent loss due to hawks is to have the birds in an enclosed run with cover.

    My friend almost lost her silkie hen the other day. She & Little Girl were out in the back yard - when all of a sudden she hears Girl screaming. She looked over and a hawk had it's talons out and was about to grab her. She started yelling and trying to shoo the hawk away while Girl ran between her legs and hid behind her. She didn't believe a hawk would come near humans. Well it's days later and Girl refuses to go outside. She said when she asks if she wants to go out, the hen just shakes.
  8. Harleychicks

    Harleychicks Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2015
    Poplarville, Mississippi
    In the past 2 days we lost 2 Frizzles,smallest in the flock, to a hawk. I suprised him in the wooded area nex to the run but itwas too late. Next day the frizzle hen was misssing. I'm guessing that the rest are safe due to their size. On a brighter note wife says I can get 2 replacements!! Circle of life sux but its the way of the land.
  9. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


    It may be hard to exactly determine what may have taken your chicken. There are so many opportunistic predators out there and they all seem to love chicken.
  10. mnlght10

    mnlght10 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 11, 2015
    Thanks everyone for your input it happened when they were free ranging so we are now not letting them out until we get home from work at least until they are full grown! My husband and both leave super early in the morning and it's suppose to be in the 80's on friday here and there coop is in the direct sun of course there is some shade but still hot u guys think we should open the coop at 5 in the morning friday so they don't over heat and risk one of them getting taken or just leave them in the coop/run?

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