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Hello all! I'm a long time lurker, but this is my first post. Thank you all for your advice in advance.

We have been losing chickens randomly for the last few months. Had the state poultry health guy out yesterday and he inspected our girls and said they seemed really healthy. Said he didn't see any signs of mites, worms or disease. He took samples, so we will know for sure within the week.

The thing is, they are dying at night on the roost. We find them in the morning completely intact. He thinks we have a "varmit" problem, but he offered no more advice on it.

So I ask you, the experts smile.png

What would kill a chicken, but not eat it?
They still have all their color (so it's not sucking their blood). Also, it's not every night, but it does seem to be in the same part of the coop.

We reinforced and inspected everything, but didn't see any signs of predators. We live in West Virginia, if that helps.
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wow that's strange is there any marks on the chicken?

Deuteronomy 32:11
He is like an eagle that stirs up its nest. It hovers over it little ones. It spreads out it wings to catch them on its feathers.

 

 

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Deuteronomy 32:11
He is like an eagle that stirs up its nest. It hovers over it little ones. It spreads out it wings to catch them on its feathers.

 

 

look at my My Page Here http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/battery-hens

 

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Nothing we can see. We have even looked inside.
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Sounds like it's time for a game cam:hu

Five dogs, two cats, four budgies, one parrot, 12 chickens of various ages, and a great DH who built me the coop of my dreams:)

The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different. ~ Hippocrates

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Five dogs, two cats, four budgies, one parrot, 12 chickens of various ages, and a great DH who built me the coop of my dreams:)

The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different. ~ Hippocrates

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Took samples?

Will they take a dead bird for necropsy?

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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