Disappearing Rooster

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by txmagiclady, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. txmagiclady

    txmagiclady In the Brooder

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    I had a beautiful gray/blue rooster. He was huge. Not fat, just healthy and tall. He just disappeared. Not a single feather was found. I can't imagine any local birds big enough to carry him off and coyotes and other doglike animals, raccoon and opossum usually leave some evidence. What do you think it most likely was? Help.
     
  2. so lucky

    so lucky Crowing

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    If he was friendly maybe someone carried him off.
     
  3. CaliFarmsAR

    CaliFarmsAR Songster

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    I’m sorry
     
  4. Beaglegal

    Beaglegal Songster

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    We had a rooster disappear and he ended up leaving us for some neighbors. He was tired of competing with our other 2 roosters. Didn’t realize where he went for a month.
     
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  5. Sara Ranch

    Sara Ranch Songster

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    *hugs*
     
  6. AltonaAcres

    AltonaAcres Songster

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    I don't think a person would steal a rooster and leave all of your hens. Roosters are not in high demand.
     
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Extend your search radius. When really serious about finding out what happened, I go out in ever increasing spiral where paths are about 10 feet apart. Sometime a coyote in particular can make a kill leaving very little sign, as can a bobcat, but you might find feathers that fall out as predator packs bird off. I have not had roosters voluntarily leave hens if he has no competition.

    Also look for where he might have gotten himself trapped. Things to check include live-traps, over-turned washtubs, fence rolls or even a pile of fence rows, and even a well / mine shaft where opening is not covered. We have lost birds to all those possibilities including one falling into a cellar.
     

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