2 killed in the middle of the afternoon...

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  1. thechxwhisperer

    thechxwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had 2 pullets killed in the same exact spot in our woods.[​IMG][​IMG]
    A Wyandotte and a Black Cochin, each the same size.

    Both killed at around the same time about a month apart. Yesterday the 2nd pullet disappeared and we went on a search for her. We walked to the place where our first pullet disappeared. A few feet in the woods was a little patch of black feathers. We followed a trail 75 feet into the woods and found a bunch of dens and feathers. Then we found a huge pile of black feathers and our pullet's feet and wings. There were no animals in sight. Could this be a fox?
     
  2. Mister B

    Mister B Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say fox or coyote. They ate it all except the wings an feet? That sounds like some sort dog/fox/coyote. Someone needs to make a guide about what different critter kills look like.
     
  3. thechxwhisperer

    thechxwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought so! Also, I'm am almost positive we have a Bobcat in our woods.
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    I would suggest a game camera - great way to determine what predator(s) you are up against so that you can tailor your flock-keeping, containment, etc. accordingly.
     
  5. Ridgerunner

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  6. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Figure out how the predator is getting your birds, then fix that hole.


    Otherwise you're just going to keep losing birds. Hunting down the particular predator will just give you a pause until a new one moves in.
     
  7. Mister B

    Mister B Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Crazytalk. Happened to me. I found it was a possum (big sucker). I'm sure another will be along soon.
     
  8. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very sorry for your losses. I agree about the game camera. They are invaluable when trying to determine what you are up against. Let us know if you figure out what lives in the dens.
     
  9. thechxwhisperer

    thechxwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking about the camera too. We are almost 100% positive it is a Bobcat. It dragged away our lead male Guinea Fowl this morning...[​IMG]
     
  10. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a bobcat last summer take some of my ducks and guineas, so I know what you are going through. Very sorry.
     

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