- 1 young turkey due to exposure
- 1 young chick due to 5 year old boy's curiosity
- 1 young turkey cause unknown
- 1 adult hen from accidental poisoning
- 1 juvenile hen due to illness
- 1 rooster due to hawk attack (assumed hawk)
- 1 adult hen simply disappeared
- 1 juvenile hen eaten by pig
The one lost to the pig happened today. Probably when we were at the park late afternoon. I don't know how she got in there, but there are feathers all over and the backbone and wings. It's not the loss that bothers me as much as which one-it'd be nice if it were one of the older hens on the downside of their laying career rather than one that just entered that stage, but it's in God's hands, right? I hope the other hens were watching so they'll not try to go in the pig pen!
EDIT! That darn pig got another of the juvenile hens!! Guess whose life will be cut short, despite making good growth gains since coming to us?! I'm off to research roasting whole pigs, as she's not big enough to take the time to butcher. We can't figure out how or why the chickens are getting into her pen, but suspect it's to scrounge after food she hasn't eaten. They could be flying over, as the fencing isn't very high, but more so than the hens usually go.
Also, I forgot that we lost 2 ducks shortly after they came to our home, so with today's attack, the total is now 11 poultry birds lost this year, making it worse than the first year.