chicken pulled through fence

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by louloubean, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. louloubean

    louloubean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2009
    OC, NY
    After three years of no predators, they finally found us.

    I shot a coyote one night he had already killed one young rooster. bugger.
    mind you, this was at 2am, and i was wearing a headlamp and my fancy pink nightgown O_O
    he had worked at a loose section of fence for a few nights i realized afterwards, and i tightened up ALL the fences.

    and NOW something has pulled two other roosters THROUGH the fence. one time it was a wing, this time it was a breast.
    in both cases, i am culling the birds, and eating what isn't 'damaged.'

    any idea on what kind of critter this is? i figure either a raccoon or a possum. what do you think?
  2. suki'smom

    suki'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2011
    Central Wisconsin
    mind you, this was at 2am, and i was wearing a headlamp and my fancy pink nightgown O_O


    Sounds like a coon.​
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    A raccoon will grab them through the fence and literally pull them apart.....Soooo sad. Just terrible news, and so sorry for your loss.

  4. mick&cori

    mick&cori Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2011
    Central Indiana
    I also think it was a raccoon. I lost 3 chickens to a raccoon(s) about a month ago (and 1/2 of my sweet corn from my garden). A live trap and some lead poisoning took care of it.

    So sorry for your loss. Its hard when you lose something that you put so much time, energy, and money into raising and caring for it.
  5. coz74

    coz74 Underground chicken enabler

    Aug 22, 2011
    S.E. Wisconsin
    We have had owls work in pairs and cause the same sort of damage before. A DNR agent also told me that they loose a lot of pheasants in rearing pens to owls that rip of heads and limbs.
  6. louloubean

    louloubean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2009
    OC, NY
    thanks everyone! i am thinking it's raccoons too.
    no, not owls, since they are in a closed pen at night, whatever this is, grabs them THROUGH the chicken wire fence and tries to pull them through, not killing them, but maiming them. i cull the poor birds in the morning.

    yes, i will be trying to trap and lead poison whatever critter this is, since these birds are supposed to be MY food.
  7. mamabigbird

    mamabigbird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 11, 2010
    Vancouver Island, B.C.,
    I've been there. So sad! I know mine was a raccoon because we staked out the coop/run at dusk and caught her trying to get in after three young chicks had been torn through the wire in the same way as your roos.
    She died of lead poisoning too.
    We left her carcass beside the pen for a day as a warning to any others that may come looking for her.
    We have had no returning visits so far.
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    An owl will get birds flying or running blindly in the dark and then when they are near the fence will strike with their talons. They then pull heads, legs, whatever through the wire and feed upon them. I lost many pheasants to GHO in this manner. The more likely predator is a racccoon. A box trap should soon tell the tale.
  9. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    My guess is coon.

    Every time we had a loss to due predation so far, it has been one that was grabbed thru the wire and yanked right thru. It stopped after we got the hardware cloth installed on the fence on the run. But yes coons love to pull them thru and do the deed that way...we never saw much blood and almost all were missing wings/head/legs where the coons grabbed them by.
  10. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ducky Land!
    Oh I'mm so sorry! To me it sounds like a coon just cover the bottom foot and half of your fence with half inch hadwaare cloth then they cant reach through.

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