HELP are they killing each other?

momofchicks

Songster
11 Years
Apr 23, 2008
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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?
 

PeeperKeeper

Songster
11 Years
Jun 20, 2008
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Henry County Kentucky
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.
 

momofchicks

Songster
11 Years
Apr 23, 2008
431
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149
Kentucky
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.
 

ChooksChick

BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist
11 Years
Aug 17, 2008
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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!
 

Bassleg

Songster
11 Years
Jul 25, 2008
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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.
 

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