2 killed in the middle of the afternoon...

thechxwhisperer

Songster
5 Years
Sep 2, 2014
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Florida
I have had 2 pullets killed in the same exact spot in our woods.
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?
 

Mister B

Songster
8 Years
Feb 7, 2013
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NW Alabama
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.
 

Ol Grey Mare

One egg shy of a full carton. .....
7 Years
Mar 9, 2014
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Oregon
My Coop
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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.
 

CrazyTalk

Songster
5 Years
Jun 10, 2014
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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.
 

thomasboyle

Songster
7 Years
Feb 28, 2013
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NW Hills of CT
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.
 

thechxwhisperer

Songster
5 Years
Sep 2, 2014
281
38
118
Florida
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...
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