ALL MY CHICKENS ARE DEAD AND GONE

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Quailberries, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Quailberries

    Quailberries Chirping

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    Long sorry short, on Wednesday morning one of our trash buckets was tipped over near the coop, and was clearly some sort of animal. We thought it was a possum, who really wouldn’t be able to get to the chickens, but took some new safety precautions regardless.

    I woke up today to let them out- and they’re gone. G-O-N-E. I rushed over to the coop, openend it, and there’s just some GLW feathers.

    The predator got in via the mesh run attachment, I was an idiot to not think of predator safety there.

    Ive heard of predators taking one chicken and leaving, but all four? It’s absurd. What kind of animal do you think it is? There’s no trace of my PR or GLW, and there’s hope they could have just run away, but there’s very little hope.
     
  2. Quailberries

    Quailberries Chirping

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    My yard is surrounded by a picket fence, and there’s no predators holes in sight. The feathers of my Australorp lead to a tree.

    This is terrible. Worse than anything I could ever have imagined. I just want a body.
     
  3. Tipped over trash bucket...coon
    Sorry about your chickens.
    Concider setting up your coop so they are locked up tight at night. With a chicken door that is automatically or manually opened and closed.
    How big were your chickens?
     
  4. Quailberries

    Quailberries Chirping

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    Almost 10 and 12 weeks old. Just starting to make “grown-up lady” noises.

    The coop WAS closed, just not coon-proof, I guess. There was a small crack in the coop door that I guess the.animal found and pushed their way through.
     
  5. MelissaRose

    MelissaRose R.I.P. Lissie

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    Sorry for your losses! :hugs

    Accidents happen, don't beat yourself up about it. I did something similar once....it happens to all of us.
     
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  6. mdquilts

    mdquilts Chirping

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    I’m sorry for your losses! I am new to chickens and am constantly worried that I haven’t done enough to prevent predators for our 14 week old girls. :(
     
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    Cryss Free Ranging

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    I'm so sorry. This is a most horrible way to learn what doesn't work.

    Use 1/2 inch hardware cloth instead of the mesh. Use it also to make a 2-3 foot apron around the run, especially the corners. Raccoons will dig under a fence but the apron discourages them. Foxes too. Maybe put strong locks with caribineers on the coop.

    I hope you can start again. Maybe you will find a chicken hiding somewhere.
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    So sorry for your loss. Most chicken owners will loose a bird or birds to predators at one time or other. Lessons learned. Hopefully you can start again. If you have a game camera, put it up because most likely the predator will be back, probably a coon. Here we have mostly coyotes. My coops and pens are like Fort Knox but I have lost birds in the past to predators. Not long ago I lost a very special hen to a fox during the middle of the day. I cried like a baby. Good luck...
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  9. Chebird

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    I am so sorry for your loss - heartbreaking :(
     
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    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    So sorry! Many of us have learned the hard way about predators, it's awful. Rebuild your coop and run to be safer, and do try again.
    All the best,
    Mary
     

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