2nd chicken dead or missing

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ducklingsweety, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. ducklingsweety

    ducklingsweety Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hey! one of my chickens was found dead today and less than a week ago my favorite hen went missing! we have no idea whats attacking them but when the one went missing there was no feathers anywhere and when the other died she was just... mauled! in the coop!!! i saw an owl the other day but i dont think an owl can take a full grown orpington hen with out a trace!
    HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i think it may be racoons
     
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  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Owls are very strong. An owl lifted my Mother-in-law's dog up in the air and carried it, then dropped it (and the dog died of injuries). It was a small dog.

    An owl can take an Orpington. I am sorry for your losses.

    I have found an owl inside a coop before- he flew away when I opened the door -he was eating my baby chicks. However, coons will enter coops too. Live traps, electric fencing, overhead welded wire netting in the coop area, all can help to keep racoons away. Owls are federally protected though, so nothing can be done except the netting for the owls.

    I buy the heavy knotted netting (think snow load if you hang netting) and support it really well. I have some on order for my large fowl too, since I have a hawk problem and it's the only way it can be solved (they are also protected). My bantams are covered with netting. I have found a hawk in the coop too and he flew away- was eating baby chicks as well.
     
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  3. ducklingsweety

    ducklingsweety Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you!
     
  4. alston83

    alston83 Out Of The Brooder

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    You also may want to consider a nearby opossum. They have been known to carry a large chicken away. I would invest in a have-a-heart trap to see what you fund.
     
  5. Eddy Chicken

    Eddy Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't give up hope on the missing chicken. Ours just showed back up after 2 days.
     
  6. ducklingsweety

    ducklingsweety Chillin' With My Peeps

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    shes been gone for almost a week and is pretty old too so.... yeah, shes probly dead
     
  7. ducklingsweety

    ducklingsweety Chillin' With My Peeps

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    another one missing! our flock is down to 3 now! and two are banties!
     
  8. fikeyismybaby

    fikeyismybaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]Aren't all of them dead now? So sorry![​IMG]
     
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    I said it on the other thread too but I am sorry for your losses.
     
  10. ducklingsweety

    ducklingsweety Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks guys! :'(
     

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