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Ate their feet off!!!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Frankallen, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. Frankallen

    Frankallen In the Brooder

    Aug 6, 2011
    Last nite some Varmits (Coons I think) attack my Quail!! They ate their feet and then some of them lost their Heads!!! These SOBs will pay tonite!!

    I got my trap set with some of the dead birds......I might cut their feet off to show them ,how it feels?? I now that sounds sick.....But I am soooo

    Damn mad!!!


  2. bfrancis

    bfrancis Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    Okmulgee Co, Oklahoma
    Good luck, Brother!

    What size of wire do you have your birds on? I've heard of feet getting eaten off...just wonder how the crazy varmints can get just to the feet. Can you put some welded wire or something around the base of your cage to keep critters from getting underneath?
  3. mochicken

    mochicken Songster

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    Did they grab them through the cage? If they got in through a small whole it was probably rats, if they pulled them through the cage then it could have been coons, you need to improve your pens if coins are getting them, it's our responsibility to make sure our birds are protected, I know from experience that it hurts to lose birds so all we can do is fortify our cages
  4. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Songster

    Aug 5, 2010
    my house in maryland
    [​IMG] so sorry Frank , i KNOW how that feels . been there .
    HOWEVER...the predator was just doing what is natural ...but still...it's hard to accept
  5. Quote:X2

    Its probably rats. Birds on wire floors are better off with a second layer of mesh several inches below that floor to prevent predators from pulling thier feet through the bottom.
  6. dt1958

    dt1958 Songster

    Nov 15, 2011
    Down South
    darn, sorry for your loss & hope you get them varmits !! Are your quail on wire or the ground ?
  7. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    I am so sorry! Get them predators! [​IMG]

  8. kahlertm

    kahlertm Songster

    Jun 28, 2010
    Durango, Colorado
    I'm so sorry my buddy Frank. I'd come over in my egg collecting "helmet and gear" and help you, but I would probably trip and fall again and then you'd have two problems![​IMG] (little joke between Frank and me) I hope the problem gets resolved. I feel for you. It makes a person very emotional from sad to angry and back again. That second layer of wire is a great idea.
    Hang in there my man. I saw your pen and even showed my DH to try and copy. Looked like you had it up high enough for a coon not to be able to reach, but you just never know...they get BIG and they are crafty. Some folks do use electric wire set up around the base of their housing..

    Tonya in Colorado
  9. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

    Mar 2, 2009
    Rats Dont Often Eat Heads Off.... Sounds Like Coons, Cats, Or Owls
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Quote:I agree that rats probably wouldn't eat just the head, but they will eat the head. Could also be weasels/minks. Though if it were coons I'd expect the entire leg to be pulled off instead of just the feet.

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