21 dead hens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by erwin5, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. erwin5

    erwin5 New Egg

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    Yesterday I came home from work to find 21 of my hens dead, scattered throughout their fenced in yard. Some with their heads off, but lying near by. I have been raising chickens for about 5 years and this is my first encounter with predators. Any ideas as to what may have killer all these hens in one night? I have set traps and nothing so far, but I am back to locking them up at night. Help!
     
  2. NoSpringChick

    NoSpringChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so sorry to hear about your situation...as for what could have done it, I don't have a clue. Anyone? Again, so sorry.
     
  3. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

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    Oh, how awful for you and those poor hens! So sorry for your loss! [​IMG]
     
  4. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe a dog?
     
  5. tricia

    tricia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like raccoons to me. They like brains and livers and will eat the head and/or make a whole underneath. From my experience dogs will just kill for fun or if they eat them they eat pretty much the whole bird.

    I am so sorry, I lost most of my first flock that way. It is a horrible thing to come home to!
     
  6. bantamman13

    bantamman13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I lost 12 RIR's in a similiar way last year after searching around the pen area I found where something had managed to pull the wire loose where it was stapled and gain entry. After aquiring a live trap and setting it near the pen I managed to catch 3 raccoons in just a few days. Trap was baited with peanut butter placed in the very back of the trap which the raccoons dearly love! Hope this helps sorry for the loss of your chickens. [​IMG]
     
  7. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is dogs. Raccoons and other wild predators kill for food. They don't waste energy killing for fun. Dogs will take out your whole flock just for kicks.

    I'm really sorry. If you've noticed a neighbor's dog hanging around he could be your culprit. Sometimes the sweetest little, most seemingly harmless, dogs are big time chicken killers.
     
  8. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    With heads off or missing it screams raccoon.

    Sorry to hear you had this happen.
     
  9. WrenAli

    WrenAli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coons don't always kill for food. My grandparents had coons, they watched the, drown some of their ducks and just leave them.

    But dogs or cats will do it to. I would look around your pens for paw prints or hair.
     
  10. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I am so sorry :| Closing them in next time is a great idea for their own protection. Good luck [​IMG]
     

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