2 pet chickens murdered by a coon
I went out to close up my chickens friday evening, and they were making much more noise than usual. I had always said I had the Fort Knox of coop/runs. 2 of my beloved pets were dead on the ground, there were feathers everywhere. I saw a coon escaping over the top, under 2 layers of netting.
One of the hen's backs was torn off (skin). The others were mostly just emotionally traumatized.
Poor Hawk and PepperAnne. RIP little ones. I'd had them 6 years, almost to the day.
I brought Brownie into the house to take care of her.
I cleaned her wound and am putting copius amounts of triple antibiotic ointment on it. I don't know what else to do for her. From what I've read, chickens heal pretty well, if you can keep things clean. So she'll be in the house for awhile.
Most all the chickens (only 8 left) are so traumatized they won't leave the coop. We've reinforced the run, but I'm still looking for more protection. I was thinking that rolled razor wire like they have on tops of the fences at prisons. haha. I know......a little overkill.
I was so sad for Hawk and PepperAnne. How horrendous it must have been for them. I'm mad at myself for not being there for them. :(
I suppose the silver lining is that I caught it before he killed them all. If I'd been gone that day, I may have come home to no chickens at all. Coons are so vicious and seem to kill just to kill.
I absolutely love having chickens. But dang, its so painful when they die.
Any suggestions for the top of the run? The rest of the run is incredibly strong and protected......along with the bottom. Nothing can dig under.
I'm considering an electric line at the top, but would prefer something sharp and non-electric.
Anyone have suggestions about what more I might be doing for Brownie? Oh, she's on antibiotics too. She's eating and drinking, which is good.
She's a little confused living in a bathroom though.