I am sooooo frustrated today. I spent yesterday cleaning out the two indoor brooders and the beginning grow out coop. I moved the four turkeys, one goose and one golden comet pullet from the grow out coop to the recently built hoop house to join an older golden comet and the orpington rooster. This got them away from the messy ducks and into a larger area. Everything was going great. Everyone was getting along.
Then at midnight I heard a squawk and the dogs went nuts. So I got up put on my muck boots and ran outside armed with a flashlight and a shovel leaving the dogs inside. All I saw were the three Muscovies sleeping in their normal spot near the front steps. And one very frazzled rooster. I knew that was not good news. The rooster should have been safe and secure in the hoop house. Yet here he was about 150 ft away from his home. So I went over to the hoop house. Something had ripped the wire along the right side of the door frame. The one weak spot of the whole thing. I had two headless turkeys, blood and feathers everywhere and no sign of the younger golden comet, one turkey and the goose. The remaining turkey was in the back and looked traumatized. The golden comet didn't look much better. I fixed the hole and checked on the duck pen that is about ten feet away. Everyone there was safe and sound.
The rooster spent the night on his own but was right next to the hoop house this morning. He went right in when I opened the door and checked on his remaining charges. The pullet seems okay and is active. The turkey hasn't moved much but is alert and did eat some.
I hate losing birds. And this will be the third year that I have tried raising turkeys and failed. Last year it was a bobcat that got two. The year before was a mangy fox that killed everything. This year I believe it is another fox that is the criminal. Now is the time for someone to invent and market a portable force field for chicken coops. One that repels any predators by flinging them about 100 yards any time they try to get into a coop.