Im so sad that we lost 2 of our girls yesterday in the middle of the day to a predator. They are all just coming up on a year old so this is very hard for us. We free range and know the risk. We bought these as chicks last spring and every one survived. We came home yesterday and while feeding my child counted heads and couldnt find 2. We didnt worry because they wonder a bit. Shorty after she came in upset to find one with a missing head. It was one of our favorite girls that layed some beautiful eggs. We have yet to find anything but a pile of feathers for our Americana. Any ideas on what it may have been? While looking on line Im guessing a fox? It took one of the girls thru a thick area in the woods and the branches had feathers about 12-18 inches off the ground. If it were a weasel I dont think this would be the evidence left behind.
We are so sad and feel so responsible. I am usually home and going in and out of the house. The dog too is always looking out for them. We were out of our routine today and this is what happened.
What can we do to protect our flock?