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Down To One Last Chick

This is so sad we almost didn’t tell you.

Of the ten chicks that Nancy hatched last week, only one is still alive. We’ve been forced to take drastic measures.

nancy and chicks

Nancy and her chicks about a week ago.

The first week is the hardest for new chicks. They’re especially vulnerable to predation, disease, the elements… you name it.

So you know to expect some losses. Coyotes, foxes and raptors – there’s a whole list of predators around a farm that’d be pleased to munch on a chick.

But to lose so many from one brood is highly unusual. We’ve never encountered these kind of losses before at the Rogue Farms Hopyard. Our suspicions are focused on the skunk who raided the place early in the month killing one of our hens and a tom turkey.

As for countermeasures, we’re taking the serious step of building a chicken and turkey coop. Construction began a few days ago.

Chicken Coop 3 web

Starting on the walls.

Chicken Coop 2 web

Sorting through the rafters.

Chicken Coop_web

Building the roof.

We’ll give the chicks and turkeys as much freedom to roam as we dare during daylight hours. But when the coop is done we’ll be putting them to bed at night inside their new home, safe and sound.

Help us save the chicks! Please click here for updates on the chicks and the chicken coop.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. So sad Nancy lost her brood. Make sure you lay chicken wire all along the bottom of the walls and bury it in least three feet underground so that foxes and other predators can’t dig under the walls and attack from within the coop.

    May 14, 2013
  2. Aw, I’m so sorry to hear that. I second laying down wire underground (or in the bottom of the run), but it really needs to be 1/2″ wire. We had baby possums and jerky city rats stealing chicken feed all night long with the 2×4″ wire. JERKS!

    Chickens – everything goes along, all hunky dorey, until everyone just up and dies on you.

    May 15, 2013
    • Baby possums are cute, but the rats we could live without.

      May 16, 2013

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