We have just lost two hens (hatched March 2015) to a predator in daylight hours in two days.
We have a very secure elevated mobile (Horizons) coop. The dead hens were found
at the base of the entry ramp to the coop. My husband observed a chicken pecking
at the neck. We considered cannibalism but all hens are visited and enjoyed with free ranging
under supervision each day and are otherwise in a large chicken "yard" as we call it with an elevated and weather protected teepee structure for their feed. 200 hundred feet of electric fence surrounds the enclosed area and we use night guard lights at night, plus music playing in the barn.
These deaths are occurring during the daylight hours when the electric fence is on and there have been no challenges to the fence.
We live in NC.....weather during these killings was 3 days of heavy rain but the hens went outside at will.
The heads and neck are taken down to the bone and then the damage stops at the large
body section. The second hen had a very small amount of breast meat exposed.
Please send any questions or suggestions to us as we are of course, saddened at the loss of
Carrie Crooked Toe and Summie.