Help! Whole flock killed!

Gcooper

In the Brooder
Dec 14, 2019
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We have a chicken tractor for our chickens that we move every few weeks. Usually they are free ranged with the guineas from 1-5pm ish then I put them up every night. We came home from the store at 4pm and all of my chickens except 1 are dead. The guineas are fine as well. All of them were eaten butt first, and two of them were barely even touched, any ideas got them?
 

Bullitt

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Jan 16, 2012
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We have a chicken tractor for our chickens that we move every few weeks. Usually they are free ranged with the guineas from 1-5pm ish then I put them up every night. We came home from the store at 4pm and all of my chickens except 1 are dead. The guineas are fine as well. All of them were eaten butt first, and two of them were barely even touched, any ideas got them?

Do you have foxes in your area?

This is the chance you take with free-ranging chickens when you are not home. Do you have a dog to guard them? What breeds of chickens do you have? Breeds like Leghorns can usually get away if they have trees or something to fly up on.
 

Gcooper

In the Brooder
Dec 14, 2019
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We have the coop right up next to the house, probably about 40 yards. The whole property is about 150 acres total. So we do have foxes and coyotes that pass through, but usually our dog keeps them at bay. She is more of a house dog though, so she was inside at the time of the attack.
 

Bullitt

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Jan 16, 2012
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We have the coop right up next to the house, probably about 40 yards. The whole property is about 150 acres total. So we do have foxes and coyotes that pass through, but usually our dog keeps them at bay. She is more of a house dog though, so she was inside at the time of the attack.
I think it could have been foxes, coyotes, or dogs. I am sorry this happened to you. Leghorn or Dominique would be good for free-ranging and avoiding predators, if you decide to get more chickens. I see the guineas avoided the predator or predators.

It is good to have an outside dog on a farm to protect your livestock. I would suggest getting a livestock guardian dog, such as an Anatolian Shepherd or Great Pyrenees. Even having another breed of dog outside will help to deter predators.
 

Gcooper

In the Brooder
Dec 14, 2019
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Thank you for all your advice. I'm currently trying to talk the hubby into Great Pyrenees my neighbor just had puppies. I am hoping to get more chicks soon, so I will have to look into those. We had mostly Easter eggers and barred rocks.
 

ShannonR

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I agree, dog(s).

Off topic a little, but I HAVE seen great Pyrenees run down livestock and kill them. Sheep and chickens and baby pigs. Owner had a bunch of them, didn't fence them in, and fed them barely enough to get by. I would be looking closely at any dogs belonging to neighbors.
 
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