While I was gone for a month taking care of my Momma and laying her body to rest, my flock was killed. I think it was a skunk. They had feathered out so pretty after molting too. I am very sad. I put out a live trap but have caught nothing. I smelled a skunk nearby the day after so I am pretty sure that is what did it. Chewed the necks and ate the corn in the crops. It tunneled into the coop. I will have to start over in spring after I fortify the coop with rat wire.
A skunk was killed in the road right by my coop so I pray it was the guilty party and a new flock will be safe. I have found a source for fresh eggs so that will take care of us until I can get set up again. I am at least glad we don't have to eat "store" eggs. I know I want EEs again and I'd like to have some BCMs I am thinking.
Oh Cajun, I am so sorry. :( Let us know if there is anything we can do.
Remember I lost one of my best hens not long ago? Well, I saw the fox a few nights ago. Not absolutely positive, but I saw him twice, once going through the yard next door and when I went around to the alley he was making his get away between the buildings. I caught a short glimpse of him twice. Looked like one of the foxes to me. So, he has my number and no doubt he'll be back. Still haven't set the trap yet.
Cajun, please accept my deepest condolences on your Mommas passing.
Im so sorry to hear that at this time you came home to find your flock is gone, I hope the skunk you saw in the
road is the culprit and you wont have to worry with a new flock after you get the wire down.
Your in my prayers,
When my mother died there were so many different emotions going on. Relief that she was no longer suffering. COPD is one of the worst ways to die, you just slowly smother to death. Other things went on I can't go into, but it was a very stressful time. Even now, nine years later there are parts of me still in shock and denial.
Maybe you should get just a few chickens now, to help you relax a bit?
I got 2 rolls of rat wire at the feed guy's place to reinforce around the bottom of my coop. Some fella had bought it and didn't need it so he sent it up to the feed guy's place to resell it. I got it for just $8 a roll. Now I need to dig a trench around the coop and bury the wire about half way. Then I will feel safe to get more chickens. I'll just get a few so we can have eggs for ourselves.
You know I'm getting kind of a burned out feeling about my chickens lately. I don't know if it is all the work, or the fact they've killed my grass in my backyard or the heartache of the loss when they die or get sick, or maybe I had higher expectations than I should have had.
There is also this feeling I get "taken" a lot. Selling me birds they know are roosters and telling me they are hens. HA! I'm so gullible at times. I think I'm smart, but I'm not always wise. However, I was looking at my two new whites last night and they are really coming along. The baby white I got in Dallas is a little doll. Then there is another one I bought from a very reputable couple. For awhile I suspected it was also a male, but still not sure. Seems to be filling out to be a hen. I had to put them both in a dog crate because of the fox. I'm not letting them out until I feel they are safe.
I want to breed them, but then there is the "what do I do with the roosters" problem. For me, that is a big deal. My tender heart gets in the way of reality. I can't just keep adding roosters to my already large collection. If I raise more, I'll have to toughen up and sell or give them away somewhere.
God willing, I'm going to the poultry show in Shawnee this weekend. It should be fun.
Congrats on your wire, and I hope you get that fixed and they will be secure. It is a shame that happened at such a sensitive time. They say when it rains it pours. Good news is, it will get better with time. Pain always lessens in time. Doesn't completely go away, but it lessens each day. Someone told me that once on about the worst day of my life. It proved to be true.
I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother and now your chickens. You'll be in my prayers, and I think it's good that you can add extra precaution measures to your pens. I'm in the process of building a new coop for my 18, I will use a perimeter fence of cattle panel with snow fence on the outside, and an electric fence to surround it all. I have hay bales around the cattle panel/tunnel hoop coop, and will use hardware cloth on the lower section that meets the ground, inside the bales. If there's a metal fabrication place in your area, you could probably get expanded metal scraps to put flat on the ground around their coop.
OOooooooh Thank you. I've been thinking about getting a roo for my little flock, as well as more for the fry pan. I see they have a fry-pan special coming up. all mixed rosters. 25@ $0.57, if I remembered correctly Or a few less for a little more each.
Of course save the one I like best.