Tuesday, June 14, 2011

All out of chickens

Well, this has been a miserable week, going out and finding mutilated chickens every morning, and not having my favorite, Beautiful, clucking around under foot. I think the predator was sneaking into the coop while it was open during the day, bedding down under the nest boxes (there's a hidden area under there) and then coming out at night to terrorize the chickens. It ate one of the little chicks right before we left for Memorial weekend, and left two dead in the coop for me to find. Then it ate the other two while we were gone. Then it seemed to take a break before coming back for the massacre the last few days.

Unfortunately, I am in no position to spend a bunch of money on materials to build a secure chicken coop. I couldn't continue watching the monster pick the little guys off one by one. So I put out a call for help to the local chicken group, and people swooped in and took the chickens home. One lady took most of them - including the older hens who need a retirement home), a couple others went here and there. All nice homes, and I know the chickens are safe now. Hopefully the predator will move on once it realizes it's food source is gone.

I'll miss having chickens, but I wasn't interested in finding any more of my little feathered buddies torn apart in the coop. After the last kill some of the chickens didn't even want to go in the coop! But we got them put away and checked every corner with flashlights for any lurking predators, and then left them locked inside the secure coop until they left for their new homes. So that is the end of chickens for now...

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4 comments:

annaliese said...

This makes me so sad. I am sorry I did not know that you were going through this. And I can say, I absolutely understand (you know I do--since you were the one who rescued what was left of our little farm when predators were eating them!) and I think you did a wonderful thing by giving them away. It is so hard to go through that--huge hugs to you.

StefRobrts said...

Right back at you! I knew you would understand, the whole time I was thinking - at least it wasn't lambs - that would be even worse! It's no fun seeing something eating your baby animals - chickens or sheep! I think I'm about done with the whole 'farm' concept, it seems to be laced with tragedy and injury!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Awww, I'm so sorry. Bummer. I feel so bad for you, and for the poor chickens that lost their lives to that terrible predator.

My new chicks will be arriving tomorrow, so if it doesn't make you too sad seeing cute chicks, you can maybe get your chicken fix from my blog if you want.

((((hugs))))
~Lisa

StefRobrts said...

I'll enjoy seeing your chickies, Lisa :) I'm sure I'll have chickies again someday, when I can build them a safe, secure area.