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I went out to lock my chickens into the coop last night and there were four HUGE piles of feathers laying around the chicken yard. I checked, and all 7 of my chickens were alive. 3 piles came from my RSL and 1 I think was from my Black Australorp. The Sex Link is missing quite a bit of her feathers near her tail on one side with a small cut. They are in a 30 x 32 area fenced in, though there is a slight chance of predators sneaking underneath. I checked all around (very muddy today), and there were definitely no signs of digging under. So I'm guessing it was a hawk or even an owl (?), as there is no cover over top.   

 

Am I correct in assuming it was a hawk or owl? They were all very scared today and didn't want to even leave the coop. I have a completely enclosed run for them for when I'm not at home that is covered and everything. I have them in there today. I'm glad we didn't lose any chickens, but now that a predator has discovered them, is it likely that whatever it is will be back?  Ugh, I figured this would happen eventually. 

 

I have several chairs around their area for them to hide under, but I'm guessing they didn't make it in time. Any ideas?


Edited by FlutterbyChicks - 2/18/16 at 9:06am
Mother Hen to 2 Red Sex-Links, 1 Golden-Laced Wyandotte, 1 RIR, 1 Black Australorp, 1 Double-Laced Barnevelder, 2 Easter Eggers, 1 Swedish Flower Hen, 1 Egyptian Fayoumi, 2 Crested Cream Legbars, 1 Sapphire, and 1 Sapphire Roo (soon to be rehomed)!  RIP Chickeny
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Mother Hen to 2 Red Sex-Links, 1 Golden-Laced Wyandotte, 1 RIR, 1 Black Australorp, 1 Double-Laced Barnevelder, 2 Easter Eggers, 1 Swedish Flower Hen, 1 Egyptian Fayoumi, 2 Crested Cream Legbars, 1 Sapphire, and 1 Sapphire Roo (soon to be rehomed)!  RIP Chickeny
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It could be a hawk. Lots of things can jump and/or climb a fence. Dogs, fox, coyote, raccoon, et. al..

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Well, just came in from tending to the wounded hen's cut. I see her eye go up to the sky. I looked up and saw not one, but TWO hawks circling high above. Based on the markings, I'm guessing red-tailed. So now they're locked up in their covered run for awhile. 

Mother Hen to 2 Red Sex-Links, 1 Golden-Laced Wyandotte, 1 RIR, 1 Black Australorp, 1 Double-Laced Barnevelder, 2 Easter Eggers, 1 Swedish Flower Hen, 1 Egyptian Fayoumi, 2 Crested Cream Legbars, 1 Sapphire, and 1 Sapphire Roo (soon to be rehomed)!  RIP Chickeny
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Mother Hen to 2 Red Sex-Links, 1 Golden-Laced Wyandotte, 1 RIR, 1 Black Australorp, 1 Double-Laced Barnevelder, 2 Easter Eggers, 1 Swedish Flower Hen, 1 Egyptian Fayoumi, 2 Crested Cream Legbars, 1 Sapphire, and 1 Sapphire Roo (soon to be rehomed)!  RIP Chickeny
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