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HELP with predator

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by peep peep banty, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. peep peep banty

    peep peep banty New Egg

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    [​IMG] Lost four, month old chicks, in with banty mother, three survived but the mother is also gone. Space under coop the 2" side of a 2x4 which I had blocked with a 2x4 so the babies would not get out from under. Something moved the board, got under that small space and inside coop, there was a puncture wound in each chicks head about the size of a 22 caliber bullet, no other wounds or parts missing just dead chicks. One in the nesting box, two in one corner, one in another corner. Mom is nowhere to be found. Is there a farmet that sucks blood and leaves the entire body??? Would it have taken the momma away as well??

    Sad in California, she was my favorite chicken, and raised many babies in that coop and I have never seen anything like it in my 30 years of raising backyardchickens !! Any response would be appreciated.
     
  2. BunnyMomma

    BunnyMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh I'm so sorry! [​IMG] I have no idea what got your babies, but I hope someone here has some ideas.
    Bunny from NC [​IMG]
     
  3. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hollister, florida
    i think its a possum i hear they like the brains the best. im sorry for your loss its hard losing them. and [​IMG] its a sad thread to welcome you in but maybe being freindly will cheer you up some
     
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  4. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry for your loss! Sounds like a weasel to me. Plug the hole where it is getting in, because it will be back. Weasels usually just suck blood and also kill for the fun of it.
     
  5. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    It really sounds like weasel to me too. You've been so fortunate if this is the worst thing that has happened in 30 years. Hopefully, you can fix the hole and continue your good luck streak. I'm sorry for your losses.
     
  6. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like a weasel a snap type rat trap will dispatch a weasel quick and humanely
     
  7. MMPoultryFarms

    MMPoultryFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okarche Oklahoma
    weasels make a puncture wound then lap the blood sounds like a weasel to me.
     
  8. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    Quote:I totally agree.
     
  9. slorette

    slorette Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:It was a weasel. I am 100% sure... I just went through a similar experience myself. I was unaware of a very small opening that a weasel was able to get threw. I lost my 8 week old chick & her mama first, then a hen, then my rooster & 2 more hens. When I lost my rooster & 2 hens I went out to open the coop for the morning because my chickens are free range, & the weasel was actually in the coop sleeping in hay. Needless to say, the weasel is now dead. I just wish I had found how it was entering my coop before I lost almost all of my flock. I was really sad to loose mama & her baby [​IMG] when I found my chickens dead they had puncture woiunds where the weasel bit them & drank their blood, it looked just as you described, like a 22 shot & that is exactly what the weasel ended up getting! I actually ended up lining the whole inside of my coop ( floors walls, everything) with rabbit wire because it is smaller then chicken wire & nothing is going to get through it.
     
  10. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    My vote is also for a weasel. I've had them in my coop, too. They don't need a very big hole to get in.
     

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