Thursday, May 26, 2011

One Less Guinea Hen

We lost another guinea hen this morning.  She was chased by a wild animal and killed.  She died directly in front of our front door.  Following the crime scene investigation this morning, it was determined she was attacked in front of the chicken coop, she fought and ran, tried to hide under the chicken coop.  She was drug out from under the coop, got free from her attacker, and ran to our front door for help.  We were not there for her, and she died there.  If only I heard something and opened the door I could have saved her.  But I didn't. 

From the door her body was drug into the woods and up a tree.  We assume it was a raccoon this time, because the animal climbed a tree.  A nest is up the tree in a hollow of the tree.  We assume baby raccoons are in that nest. 

Poor girl.  It appears she did not die quickly, because of all the feathers around the yard.
We now have 2 female guineas and 4 male guineas. 

Plus 25 guinea eggs due to hatch this weekend.


Country Girl said...

Oh the poor poor girl! I just hate to hear about those predators around there! I guess that's the natural way of life with the wild right next door. ~Hope the new chicks will cheer you all up a bit!

Kessie said...

Oh, that gives me such owwies, that she ran to the house for help. Poor guinea hen! Evil raccoons!

CaliforniaGrammy said...

Poor baby, and how awful for you to find her feathers so close to you. That's so sad.

Can't wait to hear all about the new chicks, though. . . soon you'll have so many more to add to the flock.

John Gray said...

I lost a broodyhen the night before last..know how you feel....

looks as though the guinea fowl was trying to get protection rom you
bad luck

Foothills Poultry said...

Sorry to say, but if you don't get rid of the coons or securely pen the guineas you will lose them all. Once those are gone they will move on to the chickens.


Farm Girl said...

Poor, poor girl, I am so sorry. I hate murder and I hate doing CSI but I always do. I do love raccoons but I think I might put aside my love and be wearing a coonskin cap for a bit. :)
I am so sorry. I think it is the door that gets to me.

cmarlow41 said...

I'm so sorry. The dogs went crazy about 3:30 this morning. I wonder if they were hearing the commotion.

LindaG said...

Sorry you didn't hear and sorry you lost a hen.
My hearing is not the best so I probably wouldn't have heard either. :(

Aimee said...

How tragic! I'm so sorry about your loss. Hopefully, your eggs will hatch and you will have so many wonderful, healthy keets...keep your chin up!

Danni said...

Oh no. :-(
So sorry, Lynn. How awful to be able to trace the steps and know how it all (slowly) unfolded, too.

Gail said...

I am so sorry! May you be blessed with many healthy babies with your hatch.

Dog Trot Farm said...

Poor little girl, how heart breaking...I am sorry for your loss. Dang raccoons!

Robin said...

How sad. :(

VillaTyscani said...

So sad. Wish you luck with the keets!

Razzberry Corner said...

Barb - yep, the new chicks made me happy on Thur. But on Fri morn I was crying again. Boy Guinea was killed Friday morning.

Kessie - The guineas love us and trust us. We give them treats, we are their friends.

CAGrammy - The keets are soooo cute!!!

John Gray - it's more than bad luck. There's a monster out there.

Matt - our chickens are in a very safe pen, nothing can get in or out. The guineas, on the other hand, freerange. I believe you are right, we have to hunt the hunter. It's sad, but we must take care of our own.

FarmGirl - We are making a plan to rid the area of foxes and coons. Sad it has to come down to this.

Cindy - maybe they heard it. Dogs have good ears. Did they hear anything on Fri morning? Another guinea attack happened.

LindaG - it makes me mad because I was awake at 4:30AM baking. I should have heard. I did hear a small amount of guinea noise, but ignored it because they always make so much noise. I've learned to ignore them. I wish I paid attention.

Aimee - Thank you! It's tough to keep my chin up when my pets are being killed.

Danni - Thanks. It was terrifying for the poor guinea. It breaks my heart.

Gail - Thank you! We do have 12 beautiful keets! :)

Julie - Thanks!

Robin - I know. I'm so mad!

VT - Thanks. The keets are adorable. I'm glad we got so many!