for the very first time..............racoon I suppose.:<(

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by magsrags, May 28, 2010.

  1. magsrags

    magsrags Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    Last evening round 10 pm I checked on my pens before lights out . This morning I awoke to find a hutch housing four, 2 month olds (2araucanas and b2lue andelusions) had only 3 left inside. I got sick to my stomach when I saw the scattered feathers and blood stains of what was apparently the little hen who had begged food from me a day earlier and jumped up on my hand for treats. Need I say more.........
    Seems a racoon has found me after near 3 years of raising my backyard chickens.
    I am so sad I had let my guard down.....and although they are all generally under good lockdown conditions....this little group I had housed in a bunny hutch this past week to give them more air & freedom as we were hit by sudden heat.
    No good......mr. racoon or possibly an opposum???? dragged my little friend in the middle of the night through 3/4" bars bit by bit. The visual of this is making me sick and the feeling of guilt is tremendous.
    Her 3 room-mates are obvoiously in shock and I blame myself.

    So please beware that although you might not have a current predator problem....that it can appear and ravage your birds at any time.....
    and that it is difficult afterwards re-thinking how "I shoulda done things".
     

  2. [​IMG] so sorry for your loss!! We all make mistakes that we wish we could do over. [​IMG]
     
  3. MarieNC

    MarieNC Songster

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    I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine what you are going through since my girls are still in the house. Sending you some healing thoughts.
     
  4. patnjess

    patnjess Songster

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    so sorry but in my experience, and racoons have killed many, its a coon, possums are opurtoon but coons will do whatever they have to do
     
  5. laceynoelle

    laceynoelle Songster

    Nov 12, 2009
    Reno
    that sucks. im sorry. [​IMG] i had a huge dog do that to a turkey through standard chain link a couple years ago. maybe that?
     

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