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post #931 of 1037 Old 01-31-2014, 12:55 PM
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Great idea with the cabbage, egrogan. I've got one now sitting in the fridge that I didn't need so it will now be gifted to the chickens.

I am toying with the idea of getting some chicks this year. The place I get the babies from has a minimum order of 10 for the 'fancy' breeds (ie the non egg factories) so it would be that many if I commit to it. I really did want to get a new coop built and realistically that probably wouldn't happen until after the chick order needs to be in so I'm currently in a pickle about what to do.
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post #932 of 1037 Old 02-25-2014, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Stupid stupid ME!

Lost six birds last night... GAHHHH! It looks like a war zone and I'm so very very sad. :(

It's all my fault too! I've been so good about shutting the coop at night, since it's been so cold and yucky I've been on the lookout for opportunists. I also kept all the dogs in the house last night, if they'd even just been in their pen the barking would have alerted me to the SLAUGHTER.

Lost four hens and apparently two of the Roos put up a good fight but lost, :(. The coop is in shambles and there are feathers EVERYWHERE.

Sad day.

Lola is obviously distraught that something got my birds. She's had her hackles up all day slinking around the yard. I'll leave her out tonight to hopefully ward off and possibly DESTROY the intruder. THIS MEANS WAR!
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I'm so sorry! I've forgotten to close my coop and, luckily for me, woken up in the middle of the night to go shut things up. I don't think there's a worse feeling in the world than to come around and see the wanton slaughter a predator can do.

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We have so many coyotes around here that I think we'll have to build a run within a run that looks something like a mini Colditz
Hoping to finally get some new chucks this year - these Hobbit House hen houses looked so cute
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Ohhh those are soo cute. They were 25% off not too long ago.

:(. I miss Satan and lost one of my orphington Roos that was so sweet.

I looked everywhere for tracks but the chickens had mucked up any possible areas, of course it's dry today. It could have been a bobcat, I've seen one in the yard before. Coyotes won't come near the yard and I've never seen a raccoon... setting a trap this evening. Do you think an owl would fly through a run into a coop? But they wouldn't have taken 6...
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So sorry Fly- hope you have luck catching what did it.
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I'm probably the least informed person on US wildlife but I think its rare to see raccoons in daylight and same goes for coyotes too I think because the only ones I see in daylight are road kill so if I didn't see them at night I wouldn't think any ever came here but I do see foxes and bobcats in the daytime
Again - know nothing about what any of those do when they get in a chicken run other than foxes and those things go berserk on a killfest and leave a massacre behind but usually only take one bird away with them
I hope you can put a stop to it
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In my experience, foxes and other wild animals usually take one chicken and run while they can. The animals that go on a killing rampage tend to be dogs; usually pets that people let wander.

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post #939 of 1037 Old 02-27-2014, 11:58 AM
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Yes, good friends of ours just lost all their chickens to two roaming dogs who broke into their run and killed everything. Apparently the same dogs did the same thing to another neighbor down the road earlier that day. Really sad that two people lost their entire flocks because one irresponsible person on their street refuses to contain their dogs.
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In my experience, foxes and other wild animals usually take one chicken and run while they can. The animals that go on a killing rampage tend to be dogs; usually pets that people let wander.

Not in the UK, foxes are well known for killing every single chicken in a run.
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