Well, sad news for my chickens… two of them are gone. Disappeared. Simply vanished into thin air. I went out to check on them yesterday afternoon and could only find four of the six. I hoped that when the sun went down and they all went back into the coop for the night that the other two would show up, but no such luck.
I’m not exactly sure what happened to them, but I suspect a Chicken Hawk probably had something to do with it. There was no sign of any sort of struggle; no feathers on the ground or anything like that. They’re just gone.
I let the others out again today and prayed that nothing would get them. A couple of hawks circled overhead all day long. I’m sure they were the culprits, and now that they know just where to look, I’m afraid they’ll be back often.
So, any advice on how to keep chicken hawks away? I really want to let the chickens free range. I hate the idea of keeping them locked up all day every day. Is there something that I can do to protect them other than build a chicken run? They have lots of woods right behind them to hide in, is that good enough? (Well, I guess it wasn’t good enough for the two who were snatched away, huh?!)
Oh, and another chicken question (Don’t laugh at me, okay?) … is the chicken with the red comb (pictured above) a rooster?? We think it might be, since it’s the only one with the red comb growing. They were all supposed to be girls, but he could have gotten mixed in with the group. I’d love to know for sure!
Thanks, I’d really appreciate some feedback from all you who know a thing or two about chickens! I’m really loving having them, and can’t wait for the eggs to come… if they all last that long, that is.