Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kristip, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. kristip

    kristip Songster

    Jul 29, 2010
    New Glarus
    ok at 2 in the morning I hear a ruccous out in the backyard coop and my girls are all there at the door making noise. My sweet silkie is laying there torn to shreds. Not sure what got in... I dont see any obvious holes.... the other chickens would not behead and dewing her would they? Most seem agitated and most wont roost right now. I removed the body and secured everything better for the night. in shock...

    i should add... i did hear a sound like a snort, kinda like a horse makes but quieter out there... and it is a full moon..
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  2. Leah S

    Leah S Chirping

    Jun 13, 2011
    so sorry to hear!
    she was torn up and beheaded? sounds like a raccoon to me. Happened to two of my ladies too. Sorry to hear [​IMG]
    Do want to say that if it is a raccoon and there is one torn apart, you mat be dealing with more than one (they were fighting over the kill and pulled it apart). icky, I know.
    Try trapping, has worked for us. Lots of good advise here on how to trap them.
  3. kristip

    kristip Songster

    Jul 29, 2010
    New Glarus
    is it normal for the other chicks to be picking up her feathers or chewing on them? looks wierd, but 2 of the birds seem to be doing that. Can someone confirm that another chicken could not do this... I dont think they would be strong enough.

    Coon could climb up to the top half of the screen that needs a little repair. Not a huge opening, but something that could climb could get in.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  4. greymane

    greymane Songster

    Jun 2, 2011
    Snyder County, PA
    My guess is the sound you heard was a buck out for his evening rounds and challenging you being in "his" territory. Sorry for your loss.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    She was not killed by your other chickens, and it is time to get a box trap. The predator will return. That's guaranteed. [​IMG]
  6. gamebirdboy

    gamebirdboy Songster

    Apr 29, 2011
    East Tennessee
    Fix the coop, set traps, and wait. All you can do at this point...

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