Originally Posted by kittycat1356
So, last night I locked my chickens up.
I live in east NC, and have a 7 ft. Wooden fence around the property. With one entrance, under the door about 4-5inches tall.
I also live in the middle of a town. There's lots of cats, but they usually eat them I thought.
I'm leaning toward weasel, any help is appreciated!!!
I'm glad the predator hasn't revisited...please don't get complacent already, though. Most predators *will* return...since this one apparently did not eat anything it may have been some type of thrill-kill and it moved on. Being as the dead chickens were found under bushes, though, it makes me think the predator intended to come back and get it's "hidden" caches.
The one chicken that you said was lethargic and not walking around normally, did you ever spot any blood on her? Is she still alive? Without the presence of blood it makes me think of blunt force or a crushing-type of injury.
I'm curious about something, though. In your original post you mentioned that you "locked" your chickens up. Then down below that you mention that there's a gap 4-5 inches tall under the door at one of the entrances. Is this entrance going into the actual coop, into a run, or simply into your yard? A gap of 4-5 inches makes me think of a regular garden gate. Is the coop open to the yard whereas it can't be locked down itself? Just trying to figure out your setup.
One thing you might do is to level out the sand on the outside of the entrance where the gap was and monitor it for animal tracks...even some flour sprinkled lightly in front of the gap would work if it's concrete or tile there. This is figuring that the gap has been sealed adequately.
Best wishes, hang in there!!!