12 missing chickens-no sign of struggle

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by khawks, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. khawks

    khawks Chirping

    Jun 4, 2014
    warsaw, virginia
    I went to the coop today and cannot find 12 of my chickens. Never have they roamed away from their coop more than sight distance. There is snow on the ground, there is no blood, there is no feathers, no signs of a struggle. I don't get it.

    As a result, I'm done, I'm selling my flock and 4 coops. you can PM for details. I raise only silkies and a few cochin bantams
  2. Thirteen

    Thirteen In the Brooder

    May 14, 2013
    Sounds like someone helped themselves to your birds...

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  3. khawks

    khawks Chirping

    Jun 4, 2014
    warsaw, virginia
    That's what I was thinking at first. When I went out the first time, it was so bright outside from the snow. I went out around 5 and was able to see a few feathers. I followed the feather trail through the woods and found one chicken, no broken neck, and only one puncture wound on her backside. She died from cold and shock I assume. Then I began to follow the tracks to the other side of the house and traveled for a few miles before I found evidence of some more feathers from another chicken. It was dark at that point. I've decided it was coyotes by comparing footprints. I just don't understand how there is no blood and no feathers everywhere.
  4. Peep_Show

    Peep_Show Crowing

    Mar 14, 2010
    Corrales, NM
    Coyotes grab and run. The birds were probably too stunned to react. Coyotes usually eat back at their dens. Occasionally I'll see a coyote trotting down the road with a (neighbor's) chicken in its mouth. Smart that way.... If they don't cause a ruckus when hunting they can go back and get more unsuspecting birds.
  5. khawks

    khawks Chirping

    Jun 4, 2014
    warsaw, virginia
    Thanks for your reply. I just cant wrap my head around this. TWELVE chickens is a lot! i am thinking the attack was during the day bceause of the one chicken i have left, three of her tail feathers are located a few feet from the coop. i just want to continue tracking, but the snow will be gone 2morrow for sure.
  6. rides2far

    rides2far Songster

    Dec 9, 2014
    Bakersfield California
    How frustrating. So sorry for your loss[​IMG]
  7. DeansMill

    DeansMill Chirping

    Sep 10, 2014
    Near Albany, NY
    A long time ago when I first started researching how to raise chickens, I read a book that had a page on predators. It gave all of the signs and which predator had been the culprit. There was a line that said "absence of any evidence" and it said the culprit was "man".

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