Coyote creepin on my girls??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Nicoliosis5, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. Nicoliosis5

    Nicoliosis5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey all!
    Wondering your thoughts on what was stalkin on our chickens last night.

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    Possibly multiple sets of tracks?

    Seems to have paced/dug a huge circle around the coop & pen, but there isn't any evidence of digging right at the edges or distress on the hardware cloth...
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    My thought was coyote?

    Thanks in advance for any ideas!
     
  2. Flock Master64

    Flock Master64 Overrun With Chickens

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    Get a trail cam and set it up around the coop
     
  3. JennaMW14

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    Agree get a trail cam, looks like something in the dog family. Could be a fox, coyote, normal dog, etc.
     
  4. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't see any claw marks...there would be claw marks if it was canine...bobcat?

    But I'm blind as a bat lol, do tell me if I'm just not seeing them right ;)
     
  5. JennaMW14

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    Probably a bobcat, I read another thread you posted that your hen was attacked by a bobcat...I'm sure it's the same
     
  6. Zoomie

    Zoomie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It doesn't look like a coyote track to me, but sometimes a track can look weird for some reason or other. Coyote tracks as noted have claw marks and also they give the impression of slenderness and being elongated. This track looks more round. Rounder tracks, if they have the claw mark and are clearly canine, are usually dogs. Cats also have fairly round tracks but there are no claw marks with them unless they are running etc. So I agree, probably a bobcat.

    But you were there, and probably saw this track in its entirety, so you would know better than us.
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    The shape and size of the toe is Coyote or Dog.....
    Dogs usually wont dig to get in....Coyotes will dig around and test the fences......

    Keep your Birds in for a few days.....They will be watching and waiting.....


    Cheers!
     
  8. allenw

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    A good sized dog, a wild canine would have attempted to get in.
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Looks very much like a bobcat track to me.
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Very odd that it didn't scratch closer to coop.
    Game cam.
     

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