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
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    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?

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    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

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    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

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    I'm Sorry for your loss. [​IMG] I'm thinking it's a Snow Leopard or Wolf?
     
  4. chisNchickens

    chisNchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is horrible...so 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

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  6. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:x2, I'd say stray dog or coyote.
     
  7. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    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:(
    JJ​
     
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  8. haemony

    haemony Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    Looks like a coyote print
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    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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