You want to know the biggest threat to my chickens?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by NeeleysAVLChicks, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Songster

    Aug 4, 2009
    Leicester, NC

    I spend so much of my time worrying about predators, diseases, etc, but at the end of the day, it seems that my chickens are more in danger of killing themselves than anything else!

    I have two dozen chickens total and all are penned in a run except for my three original ladies, they're free range.

    Several months ago, I lost one of my original three, apparently inaccurately named Houdini (she was the smallest and always getting herself out of seemingly secure locations) to a bizarre accident, death by hanging from our hay baler. Not exactly a fun scene to see first thing when you get home.

    So we are down to two free ranging ladies.

    Then yesterday, I came home to only one free ranging chicken and Lucy was no where to be found. I searched all over our property, no luck. After off and on searching for several hours, I had just about given up and was close to tears when I noticed the girls in the run paying a strange amount of attention to the "rock wall" (not cemented in, but loose large rocks) that keeps them from going underneath their raised coop.

    Exhibit A:

    I pulled back a couple rocks to take a look and to my SHOCK I was face to face with Lucy!! She had gotten herself underneath the pen from the backside and was stuck nearly upside down inside of a tight roll of hardware cloth that sits right behind the rock wall and is secured to the ground to prevent critters getting under to dig.

    After nearly an hour and a half of dismantling the wall and carefully removing the boards that secure the hardware cloth roll, while also not trying to smoosh Lucy, we FINALLY got her out. There was absolutely no way she could of gotten out on her own, I'm still at little at a loss on how she got in there. Needless to say, she was pretty glad to be out (it was in the upper 80s and super humid), guzzled some water then half ran to her coop, squawking the whole time and immediately laid an egg.

    Silly chickens, I can only do so much to keep you safe, the rest is up to you guys.

    ETA: The lucky-to-be-alive chicken in question...
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2010
  2. newlyweds

    newlyweds Pearl of the Prairie

    Mar 12, 2010
    Southeast Texas
    That picture is priceless!!! Just the look on her face, she owes you big time, lol!! Silly chickens is right.
  3. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    Sneaky Chickens....
  4. eleanorkay

    eleanorkay In the Brooder

    May 11, 2010
    Big Rapids, MI
    Beautiful picture. I know I would be in tears too if one of mine came up missing. I'm so glad you found her in time! [​IMG]
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I LOVE that "frazzled" look and expression of the prodigal chicken! So glad you found her in time.
  6. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Oh, wow! Great story...even though it was stressful for you at the time!

    I love that photo. She has such a jaunty comb and a cute expression on her face.
  7. *falls off chair laughing at Lucy* Silly bird!
  8. ChOOkens

    ChOOkens ►ChOOken In A Box◄

    Jun 1, 2009
    That put a smile on my face. [​IMG]
  9. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    That is sooooo funny! Two days ago the hubby had to delay a baling operation because a hen decided our giant round baler was the most perfect place in the world to lay an egg. I lifted the side of the 12 foot tall baler to check the twine feeder and there she was giving me the stink eye. We waited until she layed her egg and, dadgum, I took the egg home with me!
  10. joletabey

    joletabey SDWD!!!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    western NC
    Neeley, that photo is PRICELESS! But I am SO glad you found her and saved her- I have to come meet this girl soon!

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