Help! Something Is Killing My Chickens!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chicken112, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. chicken112

    chicken112 Hatching

    Jun 12, 2010
    something is coming to sort of play with my chicks, there are marks where it has skidded and where the chicks have gone under the hutch and the predator has been trying to dig it way under. It never eats them, it just sometimes gets some feathers of them, but it just plays with them and jumps fences and sometimes breaks them. PLease help me, what is killing them
    also we have ruled out foxes because it would have taken some. We have dogs as well. hope you can help!!
  2. Skyesrocket

    Skyesrocket Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    It could be weasels. Weasels will play with them more than eat them. If any are missing heads that is a sure sign of a weasel. It could also be cats.
    A coon would eat them.
  3. chicken112

    chicken112 Hatching

    Jun 12, 2010
    well i have 5 cats but that doesnt explane the broken fences and there is not one mark on the chicks, they all have there heads too!
  4. sfw2

    sfw2 Global Menace

    Sounds like a dog, to me.
  5. minnesota birds

    minnesota birds In the Brooder

    Oct 21, 2009
    i have been having chicken killed every few days. a coon i think. the internal organs and the meat is eaten. i have a live trap out at night. i will catch something some time.
  6. dieselgrl48

    dieselgrl48 Songster

    Feb 21, 2010
    Not a fox.Fox can make several kill's in a night and rarely leave prey.They will bury animal's for later consumption.If you live near water could possible be a weasel.Maybe a neigbor's cat or even dog.We had 20 duck's and one turkey just killed and left once and finaly found out 2 black lab's were just killing for sport.Hope you find your critter.I have 2 fox, more new coyote and A new racoon here grrrrr.One sign of racoons is torn wire or pen's they will work the wire to get in.
  7. PortageGirl

    PortageGirl Songster

    Nov 8, 2008
    Portage County, Ohio
  8. nzpouter

    nzpouter Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    yep.... dog..
  9. Hmm could be a raccoon or a dog

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