a reply to: chiefsmom
Don't read it...don't read it!!!
Aaagh! I read it!!!
So sorry for your loss!
Our daughter & son-in-law got six hen chicks three years ago.
They have a lot of deer & some elk go through their place,
& there are a lot of ticks, Lyme Disease is bad in our area.
So they got a breed that likes ticks.
They free range during the day,
& go back to the coop on their own at twilight,
& then they lock them in for the night.
Never had any problems until this summer.
They think a hawk got the first one.
It was dead in the yard with it's head missing!
The other ones had run back into the coop,
& a hawk was walking around it trying to get in.
Then one wandered out on their one lane road & got hit.
One walked under an apple tree just as a dead branch fell off!
(I know! What are the odds, right!)
S-in-l saw it happen, or he wouldn't have believed it!
The last one they think a coyote got in the middle of the day.
Our s-in-l saw the coyote & chased it,
& went to check on the chickens & put them in their coop.
He eventually found them already hiding in the coop,
but one of them was missing.
He figures the coyote already got that one,
& was coming back for more.
They were so tame & had very different personalities.
Our grandson had one of those big, yellow, metal, Tonka trucks,
outside in one of their sheds.
One day he went to get it & it was full of eggs!
They wondered why they weren't getting eggs from all of them everyday!
They keep a light bulb in their coop when it's too cold.
They may need it more often this winter with only two of them left!
They don't know if they will replace them or not next year.
I don't know if hens will accept chicks that aren't theirs,
or always get along with other full grown chickens either?
Good luck with whatever you decide to do!