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cause of death/how to prevent this death

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by sofie kahn, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. sofie kahn

    sofie kahn New Egg

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    about a week ago i found one of my chickens dead, no body parts missing. this bird was only missing the feathers on its back. from my understanding i believed that the other chickens pecked it to death because of a cut the chicken must of gotten. from later knowledge and other advise, i soon realized that this could of been the work of a coopers hawk. (i am not sure if this is true) the chickens are only out during the day, and that morning she was alive so i know that this act happened during the day.

    from what it seems, did a bird/ predator do this? or was it the act of my other chickens?

    if it was a predator, how can i prevent this from happening again? should i lock them up in their run? would i have to lock them up in there forever??? PLZ HELP
     
  2. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Locking them up is the surest way to protect them. But you only need to leave the door open and unguarded for an instant before a opportunistic hawk flies into your coop and helps it's self to one of your chickens.
     

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