Dead chicken

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Betsy57, Apr 7, 2011.

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  1. Betsy57

    Betsy57 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Murphysboro IL USA
    I went out to check on my chickens this morning and found my Goldie, a Brown Leghorn, my best layer, dead in her nest. Something got in the coop and tore her head off (never found it) and tore into her body some. My first chicken death. She is only a year old. The other chickens are fine. I've only named her and the Rhode Island Red rooster, Red. I thought I had the coop good and secure. They've been in there for a year and no problem. But I guss a weasel or mink or something. I trapped a coon last week and thought all was good. I don't think a coon could get into the coop, the openings for air are about 3" high. So now I guess I will have to board that up or put some good wire over it. I am so sad for Goldie and me! [​IMG]
  2. Bi0s

    Bi0s Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2009
    Bland County VA!!!!!
    [​IMG] so sorry for your lost [​IMG]
  3. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    [​IMG] I am so sorry. It is so hard to lose any chickens but especially the 1st one. Sending lots of [​IMG]
  4. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    Quote:I am sorry also for your loss.

    Now....get out and get a trap if you don't have one. Because whatever it was WILL be back. We thought a feral cat or possum. After the second hen, in the second coop we set the trap....RACOON!!

    We put a nice large chicken breast to bait it. We were so surprised that it was a racoon.

    Get the trap. Set it.

    and good luck!!!
  5. Betsy57

    Betsy57 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Murphysboro IL USA
    I did trap a coon last week. I live in the country, my property borders Shawnee National Forest. I've trapped 13 coons one year. I have been up since 4:15 am trying to fix the coop but hard to do with no light, no one to hold the flashlight for me. So will have to try to fix it tonight after work. I will try either wood or wire. I want some air flow there. Whatever it is, it is getting through an area about 3" high. It gets in the back of the coop where I have a storage area and pooping like crazy. It doesn't look like typical coon poop (coon poop has lots of seeds, this just has lots of chicken feed in it!) so not sure what it is but I want it DEAD now and I want my Goldie back! [​IMG]

    Thank you all for your words of sympathy and support! I am scared for my poor chickies!
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2011
  6. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Austin Tx
    I am so sorry for you and Goldie. What a sad morning for you. Sending hugs your way.[​IMG]
  7. Equus5O

    Equus5O Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry to hear [​IMG]
  8. Talihofarms

    Talihofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2010
    This looks like the handy work of a coon.
    His "poop" will have the remains of what ever he eats.

    A hot wire at 6,12 and 36" keeps us free of four legged preditors.
    A tight coop and run is essential.

    trap and SSS.

    just my .02
  9. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    Quote:"sorry for your loss" is not going to help, neither protect your birds in the future.

    Exterminate predators.

    I do it all the time.
  10. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    [​IMG] so sorry for loss, I would use screws and hardware cloth that way they still get air flow. Good luck.
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