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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2009 7:03am (Feb 2nd 2009)
     

    no longer a member

    Posted on my other forum, by a friend in YORKSHIRE

    http://www.5ive-o.org/forum/showthread.php?t=21482

    Last night, some person or persons unknown entered our chicken runs and have stolen all the laying hens. I am not a happy animal. No trackable footmarks or damage done, just a disconsolate cockerel who has spent the day running around the garden frantically looking for his missing ladies. I just hope whoever has them is looking after them (but I doubt it).

    Mrs H-D is as upset as the cockerel and I feel as though we've let the hens down...

    Time to plant some pyrocanthus, I fear.

    We lost half a dozen - bantams so not worth eating, and three years old not so not the greatest egg layers. Not worth any money, either. But they were as much pets as anything else, which is why it is upsetting.

    That and seeing the poor old cockerel's behaviour.

    Just shut (& locked) everyone remaining in for the night... perhaps the tree we felled today will keep the nefarious out...

    Had to entice the cockerel out this morning with food bribery - he's now in with some other women in another run and still very upset.

    Mrs H-D is even more upset today, I'm still concerned for the welfare of the missing and how to make the runs more secure without making life too difficult or spoiling the garden.

    And it's snowing. The garden feels very empty.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2009 9:05am (Feb 2nd 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's terrible, why would someone do that? :(

    It does bring in to question how much security our backyard chicken coops should have - usually you only have to worry about keeping Mr Fox out, but now keeping Mr Thieving Scrote out as well?!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2009 12:58pm (Feb 2nd 2009)
     
    Oh, how horrid, Wazza. Some people are just B*%&$%*&!:cursing:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2009 1:03pm (Feb 2nd 2009)
     
    :iagree:
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2009 2:49pm (Feb 2nd 2009)
     
    :_oh_really:


    (GASP!) that is awful !
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2009 3:06pm (Feb 2nd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've heard a lot about chicken theft recently , but usually only with show birds...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2009 6:37pm (Feb 2nd 2009)
     
    OMG..that's horrible!!!! I don't know what I'd do, if someone took any of my girls. I feel terrible for these poor people who lost their hens.:sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2009 12:09am (Feb 3rd 2009)
     
    Terrible. My friend's brother had all his fish stolen out of his back garden, and then they came back and stole the replacements and the huge pump thingy.

    Its the one thing that puts me off having chickens - I can't lock them in the house for safety when I'm out. Not that we should have to, but people have no idea of decency any more.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2009 1:52am (Feb 3rd 2009)
     
    Too bad the Pet Detective doesn't live there. She is an ex-cop who trains dogs in our area to track lost pets. I took Holly to her to have her tested and Holly would be a good CAT tracker. But the trainings are too far away, south of Seattle.

    I hope the hens are found. So sad and cruel.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2009 4:35am (Feb 3rd 2009)
     
    Crikey, blimey, struth, well blow me down what next. I thought chicken rustling was old hat but it seems there are still some nasty people out there, I mean they are part of the family for goodness sake!
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2009 7:35am (Feb 4th 2009)
     
    Chicken thieves are still cosidered the lowest of the low here.:_oh_really: my Hubby Arthur says to the dirty scounderels who stold the hens "Cluck you" dirt bags!:kick: Chicken thieves should be tarred and feathered !:sneaky2:
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      CommentAuthorChicken Wing
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2009 10:58am (Feb 4th 2009) edited
     
    I agree tar and feather the chicken rustlers! :rant_red2::grrrrrr:

    It would break my heart to loose my girls.

    We have just fitted CCTV(Chicken Coop Television) in our run, we hope to catch any intruders both two legged or possibly a few unwanted large rodents that have started to show themselves from time to time.
    :rat:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2009 2:32pm (Feb 4th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The trouble is though, would it be any deterrent? If anybody wanted to make off with our hens (even the camera equipment!), sure lots of people would see it, but without someone actually there present and watching at the time, what good does CCTV do?

    If you can lock your hens in then that's probably the best you can do.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2009 2:55pm (Feb 4th 2009)
     
    My CCTV is linked to a recorder so I can go back and look at who/what etc.,

    Girl over the road could identify who damaged her car.
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    Posted By: neilThe trouble is though, would it be any deterrent? If anybody wanted to make off with our hens (even the camera equipment!), sure lots of people would see it, but without someone actually there present and watching at the time, what good does CCTV do?

    If you can lock your hens in then that's probably the best you can do.

    I agree, but we put the camera's up for a bit of fun as much as anything. It allows us to watch the chickens more often (we can't see them from the kitchen window). Now they're on telly :D

    It just has the added bonus of adding a little more potential security to them.Besides if someone was serious about stealing them, there's little we could do to stop them, all you'd need is a pair of wire cutters to cut through the mesh.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2009 1:06am (Feb 5th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I know quite a lot of people train their dogs to protect their chickens, both in the day and at night...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2009 1:50am (Feb 5th 2009)
     
    Yes! Dogs & hens linking claws & paws! ;)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2009 3:31pm (Feb 5th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: ollie in UKMy CCTV is linked to a recorder so I can go back and look at who/what etc.,

    Girl over the road could identify who damaged her car.


    I think then the danger is that you'll get 'oh she has cctv so there must be something worth nicking...'

    The guy from the Pulse asked the question "aren't you worried about someone stealing your webcam" (and this was back when there was only 1!), I just said no, I mean, why would they want it?!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2009 4:49pm (Feb 5th 2009)
     
    There are all sorts of wicked gits out there...only a few, but enough to be a nuisance...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2009 5:03pm (Feb 5th 2009)
     
    We've been "Done over" once before so know what it's like!!!
    The CCTV would give us their pictures but they would take the recorder too!

    I can see who is coming and is at my door. Also, if someone is around the car - which was vandalised two weeks after it arrived, long before we got the camera.
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2009 7:32pm (Feb 5th 2009)
     
    Posted By: RedI know quite a lot of people train their dogs to protect their chickens


    My neighbours' dog is frightened of their cockerel!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2009 8:15am (Feb 6th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Geese! Aren't they supposed to make great guard-animals?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2009 8:20am (Feb 6th 2009)
     
    My geese guard my chickens all day, but at night the horses and 2 big dogs guard them.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2009 3:23pm (Feb 6th 2009)
     
    Onion the rooster attacks Eric now and then...
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2009 6:08am (Feb 7th 2009)
     
    My thoughts are spinning around in my head like angry bees right now!
    I get angry when i hear about break ins!we have be burguled twice since we have been married. all they got was a camera and later they stold our lawn sprinkelers!
    since the Possum attack a few weeeks ago hy hubby put up motion detecters hooked up to flood lights. WE bought locks for the back gate too.
    Lyn - My parents had a african goose named Buckwheat. SHe was a wonderful pet and a great rat killer and guard dog. my father used to go on walks with her.
    one time they ran in to a coyoty and Buck wheat Hissed and threw out her wings and snaked her neack out at it ! The coy took one look and took of in the opposite direction. too bad every one cant have one in the city . They make great car alarms!
    Erack! Honk! Honk! Errrack!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2009 9:40pm (Feb 7th 2009)
     
    Brilliant! I want a goose!

    We were chased by a swan once - terrifying! They are huge when they want to scare you.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2009 11:04pm (Feb 7th 2009)
     
    We had a good laugh (after being burgled of £2000 of goods) as we realised that the fax machine they took was throw-out from work because they couldn't change the defunct letterhead it sent on every fax. So was completely unsaleable.
    I had just used it as a copier for my own stuff.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2009 11:05pm (Feb 7th 2009)
     
    A swan can reach a yard further than you think it can!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2009 2:30pm (Feb 8th 2009)
     
    We went to an iron foundry when I was at college, where they poured piano frames. They had no sophisticated alarm system, just a flock of geese who patrolled through the day and night and were far more effective as a deterrent!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2009 6:21pm (Feb 8th 2009)
     
    As a postlady I had a stick at the farm gate to fend off the geese. I hated them!
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2009 7:40pm (Feb 8th 2009)
     
    I never thought about the poor postman!
    I guess getting your shins busted by a goose would not besome thing high on your list of to do .I do have to say on behalf of Buckwheat she was sweet and gentil to the family and close friends. she thought that she was a lap dog and at 35 to 40 ponds she still tryed to climb in your lap and put her head under arm and peep foolishly!
    When I was in high school the school had a pond with ducks and geese. the big gander there HATED me !
    he made my last year there miserable! I had to pass by the pond edge every day as I walked to Orchestra.
    finaly in desparation I used my violin case like a tennis racket and hit him! he left me alone after that . he hissed at me but never agin pinched or ran at me. so i have a healthy respect for them as guard geese. dont they have a gaggle of geese at the tower of london?
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2009 7:47pm (Feb 8th 2009)
     
    :fish:

    Kate------ I saw your post about the fish being stolden! wow that was not a casuale "I want that " and they grab it and run . that was a deliberet and calculated Not once but twice! Koi are exspensive!
    I would love to have a water guarden but I cant as of now . the filter and pump run about 300 dollars here .
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2009 11:40pm (Feb 8th 2009)
     
    Exactly. I don't think I'd have bothered to re-stock, but should you not have something just because someone might steal it? Wonder if he claimed on his home insurance ... !
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2009 6:53pm (Feb 9th 2009)
     
    (sigh) I agree:001_huh:
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2009 7:32pm (Feb 9th 2009)
     
    I know when my neighbour is coming down her garden because her geese suddenly honk in a certain way, flap their wings and race off towards her.
    This is my cue to stop talking to her chickens because she's about to talk to them.
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2009 4:48am (Feb 10th 2009)
     
    oh how cute!