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Horrible screaching tonight

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Crippledturkey, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. Crippledturkey

    Crippledturkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was listening to music rather loud just a half hour ago. Between songs in the quiet between the two, I hear a loud "Screaching" along with sounds of roosters crowing and a turkey gobbling, and blood curdling food talk. You all know the sound of a chicken who finds some good food to let the flock know, that sound times ten and doubled. So I rush out and my uncle also rushes out from his home, and we have flashlights and the screaching stops, so I go into the coop to do a head count. 37 hens check, 5 roosters, nope we have 4 now. So I want to know, my turkeys will attack my doggy who comes into the coup with me, The coop has 1 foot of tin siding burried into the foundation to keep snakes and burrowing animals at bay, the covered run is secured by rough substrate, and their yard is open with a 5' total enclosed and open to the sky and over 3k square feet I cannot say something got into the coup as my dog and the turkeys would not allow it. I am down a roo, BUT what could be screaching in the treeline behing us, and be chomping on a missing rooster while getting past turkeys?
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2011
  2. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Owl?
     
  3. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm also thinking owl....
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2011
  4. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    When the raccoons fight around here they can sound pretty evil. They screech very loud.
     
  5. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

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    Quote:x3
     
  6. Crippledturkey

    Crippledturkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The rooster was found, unhurt. whatever it was not a chicken, whole thing was just weird. Probably an owl like ya all said. Thanks for your replies, take it easy.
     
  7. PitterPaws

    PitterPaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have fox in your area? They have a horible scream. Sounds like someone being murdered and yes it is Very loud.
     
  8. Crippledturkey

    Crippledturkey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is a lot of farm land around so I would not be suprised if we had foxes, but I have not seen one.
     

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