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20 chickens dead and/or missing

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by eeckenrode, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. eeckenrode

    eeckenrode Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 19, 2011
    Sometime during the middle of the day yesterday something entered the run of our coop and broke the necks of 14 of our chickens, leaving them laying in the run and coop. One was found just outside the run and another was found about a 1/4 mile into the woods behind our house. I'm missing about 5. There is one entry spot in the run and 3 exit areas where they forced their way out. All of the chickens left behind have two puncture wounds where it looks like something grabbed it with it's mouth and shook it. We are thinking a pack of coyotes but are surprised that this happened in the middle of the day. Anyone have any thoughts?
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    To me that sounds like I was something canine, most likely dog, coyotes a possibility, fox maybe but not all that likely. Dogs are especially known to kill for fun. I really think dog, probably a pack.

    There is a myth that most predators only attack at night. Dogs of course don’t care if it is day or night, but I’ve seen coyotes, foxes, bobcat, mink, skunks, raccoons, and possum hunting or feeding in the middle of the day. Many predators are more active at night, plus with less human activity at night they have more uninterrupted time to work their mischief so the risk is greater at night, but they can all attack at any time.

    Once a myth gets going you just can’t stop it.
  3. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2016
    Southwest Virginia

    I agree that it's probably a dog (or dogs) - and with the other list of suspects mentioned by Ridgerunner.
  4. Wendy High

    Wendy High Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2016
    Ben Wheeler, Tx
    I have possums that kill the same way. And have actually trapped 2 during morning time. Sorry for your loss.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2016
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2011
    I also think canine; dog(s) most likely. So sorry! I did have a daytime fox attack once, ten hens dead one afternoon. Awful! Chickens can avoid raccoons and possums if free ranging in daytime, but not if trapped in a run. My run is proof from everything except bears, who haven't yet arrived here. Your run need serious work to be safe. Mary
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 13, 2011
    Also, your predator will return, maybe today, maybe later, so be ready. Let all the neighbors know, especially those with birds, so everyone is on the alert. Our daytime fox was ill, and shot by a neighbor a few days later, because of our warning. Mary
  7. eeckenrode

    eeckenrode Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 19, 2011
    Thank you to all who responded. Yes, we are thinking it was domestic dog(s). We plan on reinforcing the run fencing.
  8. Cluckcluck1215

    Cluckcluck1215 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes it was proboly dog(s) so sorry for your loss
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Can you post a pic of entry and exits?

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