Help!!! Something is killing my Guineas!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Manowar, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. Manowar

    Manowar Out Of The Brooder

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    We have went from 13 adult Guineas in the early summer 2012 down to 2 yesterday, and now one as of today... Somethings getting them at night. The survivors had been roosting in the rafters of the horse barn and now that's no longer safe. My first instinct is Raccoons... DNR says coyote, but I don't believe it as Guineas roost up high. I have set a live trap but not caught anything..
    Owl? Raccoon? Mink?? or...... Thoughts and suggestions will be appreciated?
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  2. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there any signs of struggles or uneaten parts, or are they just gone?
    My 1st thought would be owl or raccoon. I have been told that owls often attack guineas when they roost, I think they eat the head.
     
  3. Manowar

    Manowar Out Of The Brooder

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    Whatever it is, i must say it is very thorough... it leaves nothing but a pile of feathers... no head, no flesh no bones..
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    My gut tells me that you are dealing with a GHO, but it could also be a number of mammalian predators that could climb into the rafters.
     
  5. Manowar

    Manowar Out Of The Brooder

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    You mean a Great Horned Owl right?? Not the dreaded Guinea Homicide Organization? I'm new to backyardchickens so I had to think about it for minute [​IMG]
     
  6. Manowar

    Manowar Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there any way to stop GHO other than caging the Guinea's and not hurting the owl... Something owls don't like?
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Now, that's the type of humor that I appreciate. Yes, a Great Horned owl. In my experience they are bold, tenacious, persistent killers that are impossible to dissuade. I once had one enter a pigeon loft through the bobs that I had left unsecured. I released him - the nest night at dusk he was back trying to get into the loft.
     
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Great-horned owl very hard to get to move on but they can be foiled. My great-horned owls are pretty consistent about visiting around time moon is full. Obviously penning guinea fowl can be done but denying bugger access to barn might also be done. I use dogs but that takes time to establish as a reliable method.
     
  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Guinea Hoomicide Organization [​IMG]

    That must be what took my neighbor's guineas last summer out of the woods by my house. Or maybe it was the bobcat - or coyote - or fox - stray dogs - owls - eagle - or ??
     

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