Dead Chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chirv, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. chirv

    chirv Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 17, 2013
    We have recently had 3 chickens die with injuries to their necks. We had two who had small injuries who have recovered. We do have a rooster and we're wondering if the rooster is doing the killing. A neighbor who thinks it may be a weasel. Would anyone have any advice. We have since taken the rooster out, but it's winter and don't want to be cruel to him. If it is the rooster he will be taken care of, but we want to be sure it's him.

    Any advice?
  2. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Chicken Obsessed

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    I don't think it is the rooster. I think it is something like a weasel or a coon, or your fencing.

    If the fencing is too large, chickens can stick their head through the opening, and panicking pull it back hard enough to scratch themselves. I have had that happen, but also, a predator can grab them and break their necks.

    Once I had a weasel get in and kill 18, did not eat anything but they all had injuries to the neck.

    Mrs. K
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I've never had a rooster kill another bird. Neck wounds sure sounds like weasel!
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    My vote is for weasel as well. Sorry about your lost chickens.
  5. lahowardjr

    lahowardjr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2012
    Bache Oklahoma
    I've heard of large rats doing the same. They can get into anything they can stick their head thru. Check for holes in the rafter area. They will often take a chicken's head off.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2013
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    I vote weasel.
  7. Angel16

    Angel16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi would a electric fance stop a weasel from getting in to the chicken coop do you think?
  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    No. They can fit through very small holes in your fence or coop. They're small and don't need much of an opening to get in.
  9. bugglesmommy

    bugglesmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Last year I had the exact same problem and also thought it was a weasel, but it turned out in my case to be the rooster. It turns out the "pullets" were young roosters and the rooster didn't want the cockerels around.
  10. Angel16

    Angel16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    even if i get really small holed electric fance and put it around both the coop and the run so they can't get under the coop or in the run??? well buiding the coop we put chicken wire down first and then the floor, is that any help???

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