Hello All, last week I purchased a new flock consisting of 4 each of Rhode Island Reds, Buff Orpingtons and Black Australorps. Since then I have found 2 of the Reds dead. The first time several of the other chickens were pecking at its carcass and i found the second one tonight when i closed up the coop and noticed one missing and searched the pen. I'm not sure if the Reds are being bullied by the rest of the flock or being killed by a predator and later pecked on by the remainder of the flock. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Mike
Lost 2 Rhode Island Reds
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It sounds to me like a predator issue. Chickens will naturally peck at something that has red blood on it, but since you have lost 2 and 1 is missing, I would look for any small holes in your coop and run that a small raccoon or fox could get through. Many predators will kill, such as coyotes, dogs, cats, oppossums, foxes, owls, weasels, rats, and others. Many things can get through 1 inch chicken wire or reach through and kill. Sorry for your loss.