The end of the summer was a tough one. All my assorted hens were murdered in the night. Usually what ever gets them will run off with one or two of the bodies, but this time there was just a mess of wasted chickens except for one old hen. I didn’t realize how attached I was to them all until they were gone. I loved the assortment of white, brown and black hens, along with their different coloured eggs. At first I thought that we would wait a bit to get more but I didn’t hold out for long. A week later I purchased 11 month old hens from a farmer who was getting new hens commercially. These hens had only known being in a cage. I call them my rescue chickens!
They still do not seem to all get laying their eggs in the nesting box and usually lay them on the floor. I even had to teach them how to roost at night- they had no idea.
I still have problems daily with skunks, racoons, mice and sometimes rats. I have to make sure that I am home to lock them up at night to keep the critters out. As for what got them, I have no idea for sure.
When they first came home they looked a little beat up. Their combs were dry and faded. Feathers were broken or missing.
The tricky part is keeping them safe.
Every night I yell at the skunks to get out of the coop and poke them with a stick… I am sure it is only a matter of time before I get sprayed!
I hope all your pets are safe and healthy at your place. Any tips on how to keep those chickens safe? And how come my rescue chickens have never said Thank-you? GESH!