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Question?  Our coop was attacked by a Big Horned Gray Owl, he killed two of our hens plus ended up in side the coop when we found him in the coop and disposed of him we found he had pulled out lots of hens feathers.  Now we think the flock are now attacking each other and pulling out feathers since their trauma the owl.  Thought about separating each one hoping that this would calm them down.  Any suggestions would help  Thank you

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Question?  Our coop was attacked by a Big Horned Gray Owl, he killed two of our hens plus ended up in side the coop when we found him in the coop and disposed of him we found he had pulled out lots of hens feathers.  Now we think the flock are now attacking each other and pulling out feathers since their trauma the owl.  Thought about separating each one hoping that this would calm them down.  Any suggestions would help  Thank you

Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined the flock! Keeping them separate would be best. Sometimes when chickens see blood they peck at it more. Also trying to predator proof your coop to prevent further attacks.


Edited by Birdrain92 - 2/4/16 at 4:07pm
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Hi and welcome to BYC - seems like the owl made one heck of a mess - sorry about that. I agree with Birdrain re: blood and separating those chickens affected. Its likely that your flock will act strangely for a few weeks until they get over the stress of the attack, so don't worry if you see them being a bit weird - its to be expected.

 

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Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. Oh, how dreadful! Your poor girls. I agree with the others. Good luck in the future. At least you got the killer. clap.gif
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I suggest you check out the predator threads  for the best way  to prevent attacks on your flock.  The trauma  will probably  put your girls "off" laying till they feel secure again.  It is especially hard on birds, when they witness the attack.

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:welcome (Wish it was under better circumstances)

 

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