55 dead chicks

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ericmcginn5, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. ericmcginn5

    ericmcginn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My sister had 65 tennage chickens 2 mo th old shd went to look at them and 55 of them were dead in one night. There was 2 holes in the wire about a foot across that a animal came thro. The chicks were everywere some with missing heads some with legs pulled of and some perfectly normal just dead. What amnimal u think this is. Plz help
     
  2. DaveOmak

    DaveOmak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicken wire keeps chickens in.... Hardware cloth, 1/2" x 1/2" might keep predators out...

    Sorry for her loss..... that is one very expensive lesson....
     
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  3. btguy

    btguy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    predators will get around or through anything that can be gotten around or through, look in some of the coop design pages for tricks to help like burying wire. my own advice is that when better wire is put on put trim boards over any edges of the wire. i had something (probably fox or coyote) pull out the U nails securing mine once. since it is practically impossible to drive out all the predators building them out is the best way. when you get wire... if you can break it a predator probably can too. ill admit i went overboard and put horse fence wire around mine but then i have watched a fox have at it and fail since then so :). sorry for the losses though. i always hate when i loose one even if it was destined for the dinner table sigh.
     
  4. ericmcginn5

    ericmcginn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ty all i have my coops suppper animal profed 1/4 INCH wire is the biggest space thro . But my sisters coops not so much
     
  5. minnehaha

    minnehaha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would guess it is the work of an evil raccoon, they murder for fun, and after they have hit, the area looks like a crime scene! So sorry for your loss.
     
  6. brysuebb

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    Do you have anyne with ferrets or (weasels i think is another name ) they do this type of killing
     
  7. LanceTN

    LanceTN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a weasel
     
  8. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    The OP said there was an opening ripped in the wire about a foot across, IMO that pretty much rules out a weasel or ferret as they would have squeezed through a much smaller opening...

    My guess is raccoon...
     
  9. LanceTN

    LanceTN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be so, just the beheaded chicks makes me think weasel
     
  10. ericmcginn5

    ericmcginn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok my sis put elrtric fencing atound the coop hope that helps
     

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