I was free ranging my 20 chickens with two roosters. One day I realized I was missing 8 of them! I assumed coyotes and I started closing them up at night in the coop. Then I found new soccer ball sized holes in the chicken wire and more missing birds.
I replaced the bottom 3 feet with small-mesh plastic chicken fabric and no more holes, but I started finding dead birds in the coop yard about every three days.
Last night I lost my last hen and now I have one rather confused looking rooster. I simply see no way for anything to get in to the coop yard at this point. It seems sealed up and any penetration would be visible somehow. What is getting to them?
Here is a photo of the last body... You can see that the skin is eaten on the head and neck, but the rest of the body is intact
Anyone have any ideas? I bought 20 new chicks that are almost ready to come out of the little boxes and go into the coop, but that would be pointless as I would just be feeding the preditor for a few weeks. I also am including a video from last week when I found a small tunnel UNDER a brick.
I suppose I should mention that I live in Kitsap County in Western Washington...
Edited by docmarkc - 4/15/12 at 12:25pm