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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ekafns, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. ekafns

    ekafns Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys, had an incident last night and cant figure out what happened, any thoughts?

    Coop is up on stilts, probably 3 feet up.
    Chickens are 11 weeks. 7 bantam and 2 large. Plus 2 6 week old in a crate.

    Woke up this morning and door was open. It has a wooden turning lock.

    Small amount of blood spatter in coop. Small amount of feathers in coop and outside the coop.

    1 chicken wondering around looking for friends. 2 6 week olds still in crate.

    6 missing chickens.

    We have several acres of cleared land, no trees other than tree line, just grass. Took tractor around treeline, no signs of anything, no blood, no grass flattened, no feathers.

    Any idea what could do that?

    Hoping they all ran to safety and will show up later.
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    are they in an inclosed run? i'm so sorry that happened!
     
  3. ekafns

    ekafns Out Of The Brooder

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    No run, just coop. They free range all day 8-8. This happened at night/early morning.
     
  4. eHuman

    eHuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Arial predator maybe. Hopefully it only took one and you'll find the rest. Good luck mate, that is always a tough pill to swallow.
     
  5. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    if the coop door was open i don't think it was an aerial predator, not sure what it could have been yet, but you should definitely get a new bolt for the door
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Multiple losses without much onsite consumption typical of a fox or Coyote.
     
  7. ekafns

    ekafns Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys, unfortunately none returned.

    Ill be fox proofing the coop even more.
     

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