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Tailfeathers

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Chicken Life
« on: August 03, 2018, 11:55:16 PM »
Well, it finally happened to me.  This potlicker got 40 of my juveniles down in the lower coop 2 days ago.  Mostly pullets too.  I had just sold 40 cockerels last weekend and was down to mostly pullets.  Thank God it didnít get my one Welsummer cockerel that I kept.   Heís a beauty!  Best one Iíve ever had.  Pretty excited about taking him to the show in November.  He also didn't get the 5mo BW cockerel I saved.  I don't know if he'll be a breeder yet or not but he's a possibility. 

Youíll probably notice itís a female.  Teats were dry but Iím leaving the trap out for another day or two.  Btw, I went to look for a fresher bird to put in the trap and all 40 birds that I chucked over the fence are gone!  Hated to do that but they just weren't big enough to be worth the time and effort to butcher or even breast out.  Amazing that all 40 would be gone in just one day.  I imagine the coyotes got most, ff not all of them, but I also had buzzards sitting on the fence posts outside the coop.  Which was the first sign that told me something was wrong.

When I think of all the time, effort, and expense I put into raising those birds up just to 3-4mos old it is VERY depressing.   They were mostly EEs but it also pert near cleaned me out of the Spangled & Mahogany Russian Orloffs.  Then there's money that was thrown away. I was selling the pullets for $15-20 each.   

Iím gonna try to find a taxidermist and see how much itíll cost to get a full mount made so I can remember that such is Chicken Life.
« Last Edit: August 03, 2018, 11:57:47 PM by Tailfeathers »
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Jessica Rodgers

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Re: Chicken Life
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2018, 12:43:53 AM »
Oh no! Iím so sorry! Glad you got the culprit.  Those things are my worst nightmare.

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Re: Chicken Life
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2018, 08:11:10 AM »
So glad you got the culprit.   After we moved here in 1978, I saw two mink in the back yard the next spring.  Have not seen one since.   Thanks for sharing your story.   
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Re: Chicken Life
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2018, 01:49:12 PM »
When you have it stuffed, have it mounted to the outside of the coop as a warning to others  ;) I'm sorry that happened to your flock. We had a raccoon problem a few months ago. Predation is always frustrating.

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Re: Chicken Life
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2018, 11:53:03 AM »
Did it look like she killed them all or maybe many piled on top each other and died?  Did she eat some or just go on a killing streak?

Tailfeathers

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Re: Chicken Life
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2018, 05:52:42 AM »
She killed them all, John.  Heads were missing on some.  Most were drug out and under the coop to the back where she tried to pull them thru the fence.  A few where still inside the coop.  Other than the few with missing heads the only one really eaten on was the one in the trap after I caught her.
God Bless,

R. E. Van Blaricome
Seek Ye first the Kingdom of God, and all His Righteousness
- then these things shall be added unto you (Matt. 6:33)