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20 chickens dead and/or missing

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Sometime during the middle of the day yesterday something entered the run of our coop and broke the necks of 14 of our chickens, leaving them laying in the run and coop. One was found just outside the run and another was found about a 1/4 mile into the woods behind our house. I'm missing about 5. There is one entry spot in the run and 3 exit areas where they forced their way out. All of the chickens left behind have two puncture wounds where it looks like something grabbed it with it's mouth and shook it. We are thinking a pack of coyotes but are surprised that this happened in the middle of the day. Anyone have any thoughts?

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To me that sounds like I was something canine, most likely dog, coyotes a possibility, fox maybe but not all that likely. Dogs are especially known to kill for fun. I really think dog, probably a pack.

There is a myth that most predators only attack at night. Dogs of course don’t care if it is day or night, but I’ve seen coyotes, foxes, bobcat, mink, skunks, raccoons, and possum hunting or feeding in the middle of the day. Many predators are more active at night, plus with less human activity at night they have more uninterrupted time to work their mischief so the risk is greater at night, but they can all attack at any time.

Once a myth gets going you just can’t stop it.

 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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To me that sounds like I was something canine, most likely dog, coyotes a possibility, fox maybe but not all that likely. Dogs are especially known to kill for fun. I really think dog, probably a pack.

There is a myth that most predators only attack at night. Dogs of course don’t care if it is day or night, but I’ve seen coyotes, foxes, bobcat, mink, skunks, raccoons, and possum hunting or feeding in the middle of the day. Many predators are more active at night, plus with less human activity at night they have more uninterrupted time to work their mischief so the risk is greater at night, but they can all attack at any time.

Once a myth gets going you just can’t stop it.

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I agree that it's probably a dog (or dogs) - and with the other list of suspects mentioned by Ridgerunner. 

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I have possums that kill the same way. And have actually trapped 2 during morning time. Sorry for your loss.
Edited by Wendy High - 4/23/16 at 6:07am
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I also think canine;  dog(s) most likely.  So sorry!  I did have a daytime fox attack once, ten hens dead one afternoon.  Awful!  Chickens can avoid raccoons and possums if free ranging in daytime, but not if trapped in a run.  My run is proof from everything except bears, who haven't yet arrived here.  Your run need serious work to be safe.  Mary

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Also, your predator will return, maybe today, maybe later, so be ready.  Let all the neighbors know, especially those with birds, so everyone is on the alert.  Our daytime fox was ill, and shot by a neighbor a few days later, because of our warning.  Mary

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Thank you to all who responded. Yes, we are thinking it was domestic dog(s). We plan on reinforcing the run fencing.

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Yes it was proboly dog(s) so sorry for your loss
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"Have faith in your heart or your mission won't end.trust yourself or your no better then any one else"My Best friend to me.
https://www.facebook.com/tinykittens/
Rest In Peace, Nano.you were loved.goodbye.....
Shelly, you are a life saver.you are my hero.you, are a hero.
Adot one of tinykittens Kittens!The flyers, The metrics or Starlings bunch!Or one of the tame ferals!
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Can you post a pic of entry and exits?

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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