This is very off topic but I'm a bit perplexed and sad.
A couple of years ago I got a chicken off of craigslist. Someone had gotten it from a person as a chick, the person was feeding is cockatiel food and taking care of it all wrong. This lady took the bird [Peeps] and treated her like a pet. She decided she was old enough to find a home and be a real chicken, I saw her ad and took the chicken to my parents to live with my remaining 2 chickens. Peeps was super friendly and she LOVED shredded cheese.
For the last year we've had a hard time keeping her in the coop area. The chickens have a shed they get locked in at night and during the day have a big yard to roam with trees and grass and places to dig. Peeps even with her wings clipped would climb out of the fence.
We had an old kiddie pool out in their yard [I had a duck for a while...] and it was turned upside down. My dad went out looking for Peeps a few days ago and found two piles of feathers near this pool, lifted the pool and found a nest of 9 eggs.
Well, I finally came out to their house today and on further investigation found Peeps, or what was left of her. Whatever killed her drug her to a corner of their yard, about 10ft away, all that was left was her wings, and then a few feet from that her feet and neck. I realize it has been a few days, so maybe whatever did it has come back?
Any ideas on what might do this? It wasn't the dogs as they can't get into the pen... I was thinking a Hawk but do you think if it was it would have carried her away? She was a smaller hen, maybe only about 3-4lbs. I find it hard to believe a cat would have been able to kill her - but I guess if it was a big tom. The other hens are fine, one of them is about a 4lber, the other is probably 6-8lbs.
Anyone have experience with things killing their chickens? I'm just kind of worried about the other hens, we lock them up at night, and this could have happened overnight when Peeps wasn't going inside.
I know it's a chicken, but she was a really cool hen - would have been a good candidate for clicker training, I'm just sad to see her gone.
Seth, CGC & LiLo
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