Chicks killed in cage

Sarkchick

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Have not been on in a long while. But I need soon help. Had a Banty hen with 7 2 week old in a 4x4 2 foot high coop. 2 ft off the ground. Solid 1/2" hardware cloth, sides, bottom and roof with 3/4" plywood on roof.

Last night "something" got in and ate 4 chicks, leaving only bloody skulls. A fifth chick was dead with no marks, probably killed by her trying to save her other chicks.

Anyone have any ideas??

Thanks, Linda
 

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Picture of this 4x4 cage would help us .
Of there is a gap around the door or access, or if the door flexes with little effort, it could have been a weasel or a rat.
Eating everything but the skull would sound more to me like the leavings of a rat. A weasel would not have eaten it all and made sure to kill everything living in the cage.
I know its solid hardware cloth, but i would have a section with board so they dont have exposure to something that could potentially grasp or peck at them from underneath at night.
I had a young redtail hawk under my hutch one day pecking up at the baby chick feet 2 summers ago through the 1/2 hardware cloth mesh.
Sorry you lost your chicks. Its sad.
 

Sarkchick

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Sorry, pic is the little skulls. I have looked over every inch and simply do not see any holes.
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Picture of this 4x4 cage would help us .
Of there is a gap around the door or access, or if the door flexes with little effort, it could have been a weasel or a rat.
Eating everything but the skull would sound more to me like the leavings of a rat. A weasel would not have eaten it all and made sure to kill everything living in the cage.
I know its solid hardware cloth, but i would have a section with board so they dont have exposure to something that could potentially grasp or peck at them from underneath at night.
I had a young redtail hawk under my hutch one day pecking up at the baby chick feet 2 summers ago through the 1/2 hardware cloth mesh.
Sorry you lost your chicks. Its sad.
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Sarkchick

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Do not know why is loaded so many. My WiFi is very slow. Maybe that was the problem.
Tarp was over it because we had several days of heavy tropical storm rain
 

Sarkchick

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Picture of this 4x4 cage would help us .
Of there is a gap around the door or access, or if the door flexes with little effort, it could have been a weasel or a rat.
Eating everything but the skull would sound more to me like the leavings of a rat. A weasel would not have eaten it all and made sure to kill everything living in the cage.
I know its solid hardware cloth, but i would have a section with board so they dont have exposure to something that could potentially grasp or peck at them from underneath at night.
I had a young redtail hawk under my hutch one day pecking up at the baby chick feet 2 summers ago through the 1/2 hardware cloth mesh.
Sorry you lost your chicks. Its sad.
Thank you. We do have mice, but still do not see a way for it to get in. I put 1" x 2" welded wire around the bottom to keep other chickens from eating wet feed that was dropped
 

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