We just lost our best layer a few days ago at around 8 months of age.
The crime scene:
-Day Light Hours. Next to a road side barbed wire fence line of cedar trees and brush where the chickens like to hang out during the day
-There was a bite to the neck for the kill and a pile of feathers. The crop was eaten and part of the breast.
-we've been seeing Oposum lately (several of them. killed one with the pellet gun a month ago).
-we have an outdoor tom cat that lives off of the land. We do feed him scraps but he is pretty much a wild cat and regularly kills mice and birds. He stalks the chickens at times but usually loses when out in the open (what we see of him). He's very sneaky and a good hunter.
-hawks have been hanging out near that same fence line
Edited by 777funk - 2/3/16 at 7:49am