HELP are they killing each other?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by momofchicks, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. momofchicks

    momofchicks Songster

    Apr 23, 2008
    I had 25 meat birds and now I'm down to 19. I have been finding 1 or 2 dead birds every morning with what seems to be cuts at the neck or thigh area. One of two things is happening. One a predator is reaching in a cutting them, or two they are cutting each other trying to stay warm or something. Has this happened to any of you. I might not have any left by next Monday. What can I do?
  2. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    How much space do they have?
  3. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Songster

    Yes, some predators will reach into cages and try to drag them out even to the point of actually shredding the chicken through the wires. Raccoons, foxes, and I've had trouble with oppossum.
  4. momofchicks

    momofchicks Songster

    Apr 23, 2008
    They have 24 sq. ft and 12 birds in each tractor. Well my DH went out there and one of their heads was eaten off. So it is some kind of predator. I have had a tarp over it for shade, so now I just need to make sure it's fastened down all around so they can't reach in.
  5. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope you can get things fixed as to where you will lose no more.
  6. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I'm certain a tarp, even fastened down around, will not really prevent a predator. If it wants a chicken dinner, the average predator will get through any chicken-wire, and will even dig down around, in many cases. You might search the board for post others have made regarding predators, because this is very common.

    Good luck!
  7. Bassleg

    Bassleg Songster

    Jul 25, 2008
    Lebanon Oregon
    Can you put reg. chicken wire on the bottom so you have wire all around
    and 3/8x3/8 wire on the sides this wouldn't take to long and if you move your
    tractor everyday they can still feed.
  8. Cason

    Cason Songster

    I wouldn't rule out rats.
  9. skeeter

    skeeter Songster

    Nov 19, 2007
    Parma Idaho
    Quote:very true rats can do a lot of damage the stinken things
  10. NC chicken man

    NC chicken man Songster

    Dec 3, 2007
    Mt. Pleasant,NC
    coons will eat the head and necks and leave about everything else,just my 2 cents

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