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Graphic Photos! Someone Please Help! Predator Problem

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by augiedranch, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. augiedranch

    augiedranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The picture with the feathers and feeder is not a coop, it's just a shelter for the deed and a place for the guineas to go and eat, I needed that area to keep the sheep from getting into the feed. Nobody in the coops were touched. Just guineas in the tree
     
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  2. CozyFanatic

    CozyFanatic Out Of The Brooder

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    This looks like what a hawk did to several of my hens last summer. Looks so much like how they would leave them. My sister said the hen would be too large to carry away so they ate the parts they wanted and left the rest.
     
  3. augiedranch

    augiedranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This happened at night. . Even if it was an owl at night, am owl wouldn't try to drag it through a fence. ..
     
  4. CozyFanatic

    CozyFanatic Out Of The Brooder

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    Ohhhh, didn't see that part! That must be an opossum or raccoon! Maybe it was small enough to get inside the fence, but couldn't pull the chicken out with it! It's heartbreaking, though!

    I once caught a skunk....ewwwww, right?....in a humane trap....if you could get one of those it might work.
     
  5. augiedranch

    augiedranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    More feathers that were found a good distance away
     
  6. augiedranch

    augiedranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. CozyFanatic

    CozyFanatic Out Of The Brooder

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    Looks like from the feathers and no chicken inside the pen that this could be something like an owl though. Shouldn't have been a hawk at night....but whatever it was it had to have some way to get the chicken outside the fence.
    What the chicken from the feathers small enough to pull through the fence wire?
    And if it got a guinea in a tree that must have been an owl, huh?
    So maddening to lose them like this!
     
  8. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    I would think raccoon. I don't think you have fishers in TX?
     

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