Chicken found dead this morning

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BiggBen, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. BiggBen

    BiggBen Out Of The Brooder

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    So I went to clean out the coop this morning and found my Easter egger lying dead in the coop with its neck eaten out only on the front side. She was perfectly healthy yesterday, and I had even just collected her egg yesterday morning. My question is what could have killed her and only eaten the front of her neck? All other birds in my coop are fine and healthy.
     
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    What ever it was will be back! Do you have a way to fasten the chickens up so the predator can't get back in?
     
  3. 303hunter

    303hunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to put wire on the ground under my coupe to keep foxes and coyotes out. Working on a roof for my run too.
     
  4. BiggBen

    BiggBen Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a latch on he door and a lock...but the top has a opening with 1 inch chicken wire covering it.
     
  5. BiggBen

    BiggBen Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I live in city limits so coyotes and foxes are not a problem, and the coop and run are completely covered in chicken wire.
     
  6. BiggBen

    BiggBen Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it possible that the other chickens killed it? She was low on the pecking order...
     
  7. JennIY23

    JennIY23 New Egg

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    What about a rat? A rat could easily fit through 1" wire.
     
  8. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is difficult to discuss possible predators without knowing what region you are in. Weasel, rat, and mink could all fit through a small opening, but are not all present everywhere.

    Hardware cloth with 1/2" opening should help. 1/4" will keep out more, but it is much weaker than 1/2" size.
     
  9. BiggBen

    BiggBen Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in the Pacific Northwest. Specifically port Angeles Washington.
     
  10. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And I am in the US cattie corner to you, in Florida...

    Sorry, I can't help. No idea what you have up there.
     

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