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Hello the other night I fell asleep early when I woke up in the morning I went out to the coop and the door was closed which I hadn't closed the night before and I found a mostly eaten check of 2 months old and 5 other chicks of 2 months old missing one with a partially mangled chest which is still living one with a partially mangled face no beak one of my two ducks missing and a full-size layer missing this morning I found the body of the lair I'm trying to figure out what kind of animal or rodent would be doing this I haven't seen it and I'm trying to figure it out before I decide which kind of action to take any ideas
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Welcome to BYC. Sorry to hear of your troubles sad.png

There are several predators that could do that kind of damage. You are not the first chicken owner to make a mistake leading to chicken deaths. I would suggest a tightly secured coop and pen, and a higher security level in terms of closing your birds in when you can not be with them. No matter how many predators you kill, there will always be more.

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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So sorry. I am going to find a good article for you.
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Hi and welcome to BYC - sorry that you join us in such circumstances.

 

Rather than trying to guess what predator caused the problem, i agree with 1muttsfan. You could look on the "predators and pests" forum to see what you may be able to do to improve your coop security.

 

All the best

CT

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post #5 of 7
I also agree - check out the predator threads. You can also mention details of the carnage/ photos - they may be able to narrow it down to a certain predator. But, if one got in, others can as well. I would not replace any birds - till you have a Ft.KNOX of safety type coop/ run. If you post photos of run and coop, I'm sure we could also suggest ways to secure it.

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Welcome to BYC :frow Gosh, how awful! Predators are the bane of poultry keepers world wide. Look through this section here for a list of the most common predators and tips on securing your coop and run: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-predators-pests-how-to-protect-treat-your-flock

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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