Worst birthday present ever. :(

GeauxLSU

In the Brooder
5 Years
Jul 21, 2014
13
1
34
Atlanta burbs
Yesterday was my wife's birthday. We have a partial fenced in yard and during the day I let our chickens out to free range and lock them up at night in their coop. Yesterday before church I let them out but did not let our two dogs out as they tend to bark (beagles) at every critter that comes in site and we have a lot. We live in a neighborhood so it doesn't make for good neighbor relations. Came back less than 2 hours later and our birds had been killed. :( Something clawed it's way inside a 2 1/2" gap at the gate and killed them both. Ate the heads and little less and left them. :( :mad: We back up to a large natural area so have EVERYTHING the area 'offers' (coyotes, raccoons, foxes, opposums, etc...) and in abundance! Literally nightly visits from any/all of the aforementioned. I keep a trail camera out. My suspicion is gray fox (as I assume a racoon would have just scaled the 5' chain link fence) but I guess we'll never know for sure...
We are first time chicken owners so started with three. One inexplicably died (EE) about two years so we only had two left, Americauna and a Black Copper Maran. Would have been 3 years next month.
So now, what to replace them with? We only need/want 2-3.
The BCM had beautiful large eggs but her production was fairly low. The Americauna was a good layer. The temperament on both was fine (especially the BCM, the Americauna was a little goofy. :) )
Of course I'd like the most prolific producers of large eggs but want each chicken to lay a different color. I like being able to track production easily. Sooooo.... recommendations? I always 'thought' I wanted a Barred Rock and a Buff Orpington, but it's all still new to us.
Very sad about our girls... :hit
 

BigMikeAz

In the Brooder
Jun 1, 2017
3
2
10
Arizona
My Coop
My Coop
Yesterday was my wife's birthday. We have a partial fenced in yard and during the day I let our chickens out to free range and lock them up at night in their coop. Yesterday before church I let them out but did not let our two dogs out as they tend to bark (beagles) at every critter that comes in site and we have a lot. We live in a neighborhood so it doesn't make for good neighbor relations. Came back less than 2 hours later and our birds had been killed. :( Something clawed it's way inside a 2 1/2" gap at the gate and killed them both. Ate the heads and little less and left them. :( :mad: We back up to a large natural area so have EVERYTHING the area 'offers' (coyotes, raccoons, foxes, opposums, etc...) and in abundance! Literally nightly visits from any/all of the aforementioned. I keep a trail camera out. My suspicion is gray fox (as I assume a racoon would have just scaled the 5' chain link fence) but I guess we'll never know for sure...
We are first time chicken owners so started with three. One inexplicably died (EE) about two years so we only had two left, Americauna and a Black Copper Maran. Would have been 3 years next month.
So now, what to replace them with? We only need/want 2-3.
The BCM had beautiful large eggs but her production was fairly low. The Americauna was a good layer. The temperament on both was fine (especially the BCM, the Americauna was a little goofy. :) )
Of course I'd like the most prolific producers of large eggs but want each chicken to lay a different color. I like being able to track production easily. Sooooo.... recommendations? I always 'thought' I wanted a Barred Rock and a Buff Orpington, but it's all still new to us.
Very sad about our girls... :hit
Sorry for your loss. Check out cackle hatchery they have a huge assortment of breeds. And descriptions for each breed that covers temperament and egg production. That may help you in selecting your next breed.
 

azygous

Enabler
11 Years
Dec 11, 2009
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Many of us have had this happen, and the emotions are very akin to having a home invasion by burglar - feelings of rage, grief, violation, and later, paranoia of it happening again. However, time will heal. You might look into running a hot wire around the coop and run. It will give you immense peace of mind.

I suggest Welsummers as one replacement. They are very sociable and can be accurately sexed at hatch, and the eggs are brick red and very large. Tremendous layers.
 

3riverschick

Poultry Lit Chaser
10 Years
May 19, 2009
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Hi,
It's so sad you lost your birds. Try a Welsummer for Dark Brown eggs.
An Ameraucana for Blue eggs. An Easter Egger for Green eggs.
Best Regards,
Karen
 

123RedBeard

Crowing
6 Years
Oct 20, 2014
1,423
1,848
336
Arizona
Welsummer ...

Plymouth Rock (pick a color) ...

Sussex (pick a color)

Leghorn (pick a color)

or a Hamburg (pick a color)
 

meetthebubus

Crowing
Mar 28, 2017
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Buff orpington will lay a light brown or pink egg they are super friendly and soft

I have had 9 girls of buffs laying and each one has a unique shape and color so you could have 2 buffs and still differinciate between eggs and hen

But my vote is for at least one BUFF:thumbsup
 

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