Last wk we lost one of our hens. We have no idea what happened and cannot find it. We had let them out to free range as we live on a farm. Also we have 2 cats.
One night last wk as I was checking on them before dark I saw a young possum walking along the fence. I forgot to mention that we do have a rooster too who is just now coming into his own.
Then yesterday my hubby checked them early in the morn because it had gotten very cold and wanted to make sure the water was not frozen. All was well.
Then about noon I looked out and could see something laying on the ground. Hubby goes and checks and one of our hens was dead and had been partially eaten by the cats.
Im not sure if it was the possum family, or the cats or the rooster. My hubby thinks it was the cats. But I think they just came up on it after it was dead and was feasting on it. There were a lot of feathers in the corner of the coop and I could tell it happened there in the corner.
So what do you all think? Cats, rooster or possums? I dont' think a possum would have killed it and left it laying there.
My guess is the rooster but so far he seems cool and calm. (We had another one that was so mean I had to get a badmitton racket to even step out the back door.) This one has not been aggressive towards us so far but as I said he is just now starting to crow and be a rooster so to speak.
What are you opinions please?