I'm so distraught!!! I've not had a problem with anything getting my chickens for six years or more. Now all of a sudden, something has found a way in the run and then is able to lift the automatic coop door.
We have checked everywhere for an entrance, but only little holes here and there where the fencing comes to the door and gate. I have a heavy duty net over the entire run, no holes showing where they might have entered there.
Whatever it is, usually takes two chickens a night, and tears a hole in the side of the chicken. Sometimes it has taken the chicken out of the run into the woods, and sometimes it leaves it. We did find a hole in the netting previous to this last incident and patched it. This time both hens were left in the run.
At first I was thinking raccoon, but there is no hole big enough that we have found any where for it to get into the run through.
We live in MD, back up to the woods.
Next though, I saw a Flemming auto door on line. Does anyone have this one and can tell me if it will stay down and not allow an animal to pry it up to get in like ours w have now is doing??
Whatever is getting my girls has to be strong. The original hole was in the top of the netting right by the gate. So it had to climb back up the fencing on the side with the chicken to get out of the run.
Any thoughts on what it cold be.
We even put the blinking lights all around the coop.
Thanks so much,