June 19, 2022

Sad News

Something dug it's way into our chicken tractor last night and killed three of our poults. We think it was a skunk. Regrouping at the moment. More soon.

Sad News © June 2022 by Leigh

11 comments:

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Well darn (honestly, this is the not the word I was quite thinking). Hoping the retrenchment works.

If it makes you feel any better, the wild poult flocks here tend to dwindle as the Spring and Summer wear on. We have seen them dwindle from 10-12 to 1-3.

Florida Farm Girl said...

That plain sucks. Sorry Dan lost his babies.

Ed said...

No two ways about it. That stinks. Hopefully you catch the culprit and/or learn how to prevent it in the future.

LindaG said...

Sorry to read this. God bless.

chipmunk said...

Aw, geez, that's pretty discouraging. I'm so sorry to hear about this. Here's hoping you can get this resolved quickly to protect the ones left.

tpals said...

Add wire mesh to the bottom of the pen part? It's so hard losing any of our feathered family.

Leigh said...

Thanks Ya'll. Dan contacted the guy we got the first batch from and he still has some, so we'll replace the one's we lost from him. Hopefully, there will be some familiarity between them and our little survivor.

For the tractor, Dan's going to do something like Tpals suggested - he'll cover the bottom with welded wire fencing. We still have to figure out what to do when they outgrow the tractor, but at least we have a plan for now.

daisy g said...

So sorry to hear. Blessings...

DFW said...

Hate to hear this. Hope you & Dan can come up w/a solution. Darn varmits!

Nina said...

Predators and poultry are not a good mix. Skunks and raccoons are canny critters. Sometimes it seems like it's two steps forward and one step back when trying to protect our livestock. So frustrating for sure. We've had good luck with hardware cloth, which I think might be the same thing as your welded wire fencing. We use the 1/2 inch hardware cloth, which is a fairly small opening, but one which little paws can't get through.
hugs, because that's a really bad start to the day!

Renee Nefe said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this loss. I was thinking of the same plan that you have for protecting them in the turkey tractor. I pray that it works. I know that you'll come up with a super plan for the big turkey yard.
now how to kill the skunks without getting sprayed. hummm