All my chickens are gone

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jojo54, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. jojo54

    jojo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2009
    BC Canada
    I went out this morning to feed the girls and all I found was dead bodies all over the chicken run. I had 25 girls and all but 5 were gone. I have a four foot fence all around and nothing had dug under and all the gates were all shut. Something jumped over the fence.

    I took a photo of the footprint I found. Any guesses to what it was?


    My neighbour thinks it was a cougar or bobcat. I have been numb all day. I caught the survivors and gave them to a neighbour who has chickens in a covered run and dogs in her yard so they will be okay. Thay were so scared - poor things.

    All I have left is Lulu and she isn't happy with me because I won't let her out of my sight and won't let her stay out in the yard by herself.

    It is so quiet and lonely in the yard. [​IMG]
  2. chicktwins

    chicktwins Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 5, 2011
    Eastern Shore
    So sorry for your losses!! That is a terrible thing and I hope you figure out what it was. Definitely something large from the looks of that print, I would tend to agree with your neighbor.[​IMG]
  3. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    I'm Sorry for your loss. [​IMG] I'm thinking it's a Snow Leopard or Wolf?
  4. chisNchickens

    chisNchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    That is sorry for your loss. Can't tell for sure by the print but it could be a dog. They are more likely to mass massacre than a cat.
  5. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2011
    Western Virginia
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2011
  6. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    Quote:x2, I'd say stray dog or coyote.
  7. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    They are more likely to mass massacre than a cat

    Dog was the first thing that came to my mind also, and for the same reason.
    And if a dog, it will likely be back. I hope you can catch it and track down it's grievously irrresponsible humans, assuming it isn't homeless.

    So sorry and sad for your birds:(
    Last edited: Oct 2, 2011
  8. haemony

    haemony Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2011
    That is horrible and I am so sorry for your loss. I agree with the post above that it seems more like something a dog would do. Tracks look canine.
  9. centurion90

    centurion90 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 16, 2011
    Looks like a coyote print
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Looks like a big dog print. 4 ft. fence would be very easy for dog, coyote, fox, wolf to jump over. Even if you built it higher, sounds like you need a good, secure roof.

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