A couple of weeks ago I got two 8 week old New Hampshire Red hens. My favorite adult hen is a New Hampshire Red. You may have seen my photos and video of her (♥). Her sister went missing last summer and that's why the LGDs live here now. Since the LGDs no hen death.
Anyway, I got these babies and put them in the hen yard, x-penned away from the big flock. Over the weekend I thought it would be ok to finally let the babies out as they have been side by side with everyone for over a week. I watched them for a while, saw life was good and went to do something.
I came back about 2 hours later and my babies were missing. I went around the hen house and found one baby m u r d e r e d and the other baby hen was no where to be seen. I was so upset that I hadn't monitored everyone I could have just kicked myself. I picked up the dead hen and went looking all over for the eggmate. I finally found her stuffed in the high grass not far from the dead baby. Luckily she wasn't hurt at all but pretty shook up.
Today I got another "eggmate" (from the same chicken breeder) and brought her home. I went out with T to put the new hen with the remaining one and SHE was NO WHERE to be seen. I couldn't believe it! Then T tells me to look behind me and she had flown out of the pen and was fluffing in the dirt like a very happy baby chicken.
I really think it was the rooster who killed the first baby as I noticed he seemed aggressive with them. I went online and read up on a few different things. One, the one hen could have been a rooster, or had something wrong with it. Or they were just too young and "peeping" still, not related to the original flock and there was some sort of territorial stuff going on. I got a free hen last year (2 yr old) and threw her in with the chickens and her presence was completely seemless. Anyway, hopefully this all works out eventually. And btw, I put up extra fencing to keep the hens in til I can watch them. No fluffing in the dirt out of their pen. So life is good tonight.