More loss

I got a text yesterday from Boomer saying something had gotten into the chicken yard and we lost some birds. This discovery took place 10 min before he had to be at the daughters school for pick up. Some frantic text back and forth while I was at work and this is what we figured out. We don’t know if it’s a dog, coyote or fox, but it killed two birds, which were dead in the coop. One bird injured enough that we (by we I mean Boomer) had to put it out of it’s misery. And one bird is missing. There are several places that look like this in the yard. IMG_6590

Just big piles of feathers

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I post this not to be gross, but to maybe give clues to some more experienced chicken owners who could possibly tell us what was most likely to predator.  I tried to find prints or poop or hair to be able to piece it together, but found nothing.

Most mornings, I open the door and I see this, a blur of brown and grey — running for the feed.

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This morning, they were still on their roosts at close to 8am

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They came out, eventually, but were mostly by the door.

After took Madigan to school, I brought out a treat.

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This is Ona, alive and well

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And not Ona on the right, in the throws of molting

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I think we have one of the original RIRs and one of the new RIRs, and one of the new BR.  The BR is the one I call big pretty, cause she is BIG and Pretty…but she wasn’t available for a photo, just staying safe on the roost.  With them wanting to be in the coop, we can assume the attack didn’t happen in there.

It’s weird to look out at noon and not see a single bird in the yard.

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