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I just was told that a pack of dogs came through the farm just now. It appears that, except for one hen that is sitting on some eggs, all the chickens are dead. Hopefully most of them made it through and are just hiding somewhere, but Chris has found a lot of bodies and no signs of life. It all happened in a few minutes.
Another two weeks at the most, and they would have been safe inside the electric fence with their new barn.
UPDATE: Maybe not a total loss. Only one of last year’s flock is now missing. Our transexual rooster guided them to safety, somewhere. A few of the little birds have come home, some wounded. I’ll have to count bodies tonight.
ANOTHER UPDATE: All ten of the older birds are OK. The young flock was hit hard. We recovered twenty-five bodies. Twenty-seven are home, some with what all appear to be minor wounds. Fifteen are missing. I found a few birds alive a couple acres away, still hiding in the briars. Many of the bodies were in the thickets, too, and there are likely to be more we missed.
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