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Help: What is getting our chickens?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Trimpkey, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. Trimpkey

    Trimpkey Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 22, 2016
    Rural Virginia
    Something ate a 6 inch diameter hole through the corner of our chicken coop a couple of days ago and one chicken was missing. No feathers or anything left. After reinforcing the corners of our coop by nailing plywood on, last night something tore through the plexiglass window, then through the flyscreen, then through the chicken wire of the window, crawled through a 5" hole at the top of the window, killed and ate most of a chicken leaving the carcass this time and escaped. We set a live trap but the animal ate the meat and didn't set off the trap. It's done this twice. Any advice or suggestions. I live in rural Virginia.
  2. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    First, welcome to BYC, sorry it has to be with a discussion of predators...
    There are extensive forums on predators you will want to check out. Maybe a raccoon? Try smearing peanut butter on the trap trigger. If it's a raccoon it will go after peanut butter.
    Good luck!
  3. Trimpkey

    Trimpkey Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 22, 2016
    Rural Virginia
    Thank you. Sorry- didn't mean to post this under new member intros. I have a beautiful flock of 16 week old pullets: An English Sussex, a black Australorp (one got killed last night- did have 2), a Gold Laced Wyangotte (that was killed a couple of nights ago), a Buff Orpington, a Rhode Island Red, a White Leghorn and a brown and white little hen (not sure which breed). This was a rainbow laying mix I bought. I live on 4 acres in Earlysville, Virginia and also have 2 ducks. I am heartbroken that I've lost 2 of these beautiful birds. I run a preschool from home and the chickens and ducks are so enjoyed by the children.
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Sorry it's not under better circumstances and that you have suffered a loss :hugs Its always do sad when a flock member is lost especially to a predator. Please do pop by our predator section ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/13/predators-and-pests I'm sure you will get los of help there.

    Wishing you the very best of luck for the future and enjoy BYC :frow
  5. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

    Mar 3, 2015
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    How sad [​IMG] Please do post on the predator threads, only they can tell by the type of carnage, what predator did the deed. Is there somewhere safer you could keep the rest of your birds (like a basement of garage) till you figure out how to best secure their coop/run etc. The predator(s) will definitely keep coming back till none are left.

    Also if you post photos of your coop etc, we may be able to suggest ways to better protect it.
  7. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
  8. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013

    Sorry for your loss, that's always tough to deal with. Posting a picture of your set up is a good idea.
  9. johndeere36

    johndeere36 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 20, 2012
    Northwest iowa
  10. IdyllwildAcres

    IdyllwildAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sounds like a racoon.

    Fortify, and then re-fortify

    Good luck

    Gary from Idyllwild Ca here

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