Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lorihadams, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. lorihadams

    lorihadams Songster

    Sep 17, 2008
    Thursday night/friday morning we lost 10 of our 15 birds. I closed the run door and forgot to close the pop door on the coop. Something got in and killed 9 of my 10 light brahmas that were 9 weeks old and one of my broody prone sexlinks. It ate the heads off of 4 and just bit the jugulars and left the other ones for dead. I feel so guilty and I am just devastated. What could have done this? We have caught raccoons before but what would just eat the head and leave the rest and then go on a killing spree?
  2. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    [​IMG] I'm sorry for your loss. I wonder if it might have been a weasel since the door to the run was closed. Was there damage to the run to get in? If it was damaged, maybe a coon, but otherwise maybe a weasel.
  3. lorihadams

    lorihadams Songster

    Sep 17, 2008
    We have a gap in the top of the run, we just put a solid roof on it and had to elevate it on one side for drainage. I don't know if something climbed in or if it was a weasel if it just slinked on through somewhere, there was no damage evident to the run.

    As far as the chickens go, the ones left intact looked to have bite marks on the necks and that's it. My larger hen was eaten down into the neck and one of the brahmas that was left in the run looks like something tried to pull it out of the enclosure but it could have been something that tried to get at it after it was dead like a possum. The remaining 8 were found inside the coop.
  4. Bet it was a raccoon. We dont have weasles could be one of them. Could be a skunk. Slim chance it could be a fox that killed them and planned on coming back to eat them. I do know coons will do this kind of killing.
  5. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    [​IMG] sorry for your loss.
  6. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    that is so sad [​IMG] I am so fortunate to never have a predator problem so far.
    Its amazing how fast something will get in if you forget just once to close the door [​IMG]
    We have set up a spy night vision camera to watch what goes on around the coop, we are lucky to never see anything.
  7. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    So sorry for your loss. I would recommend checking the run carefully for any possible entry--even very small. Is the fencing 1/2" hardware cloth? Anything larger and raccoons can grab heads through it as the chickens panic and run around. Typically they will work as a team to get so many. [​IMG]
  8. Darlasmum

    Darlasmum Songster

    Aug 2, 2009
    La Crescenta, CA
    [​IMG] This is very sad to read. I am sorry for your loss.
  9. rufus

    rufus Crowing

    May 17, 2007
    Were there any tracks? Sounds like skunk to me. Did you smell anything that night?

  10. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Songster

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas
    I am sorry for your loss.

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