How did a predator get your chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by patman75, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    I was just curious on what is the most common cause of chickens getting killed. Not so much which predator caused the death but how the predator got them.

    Free Range death
    Chicken wire did not stop predator
    Dug into coop
    Decapition through welded wire
    left coop open overnight
    Unsecure coop or run, explain

    I'll keep a running tally. Thanks for you input, hopefull we can all learn from it.

    Latest update..

    4 Free ranging deaths
    2 Chicken wire did not stop predator
    2 predator reaching through wire
    1 Unsecured coop
    1 Left the coop open
    1 electric fence malfucntion.
    1 Dug under fence
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2010
  2. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Mostly free range casualties - dogs, coyotes, foxes, and raptors.

    Once a hot wire charger failed and a coon picked that night to get in.

    Had a coon reach through wire to kill some Silkies once.

    Had a coon tear through chicken wire once.

    Those are all that I can recall from over the years.
  3. DDRanch

    DDRanch Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    I've lost one to my dog and 2 to red tailed hawks. [​IMG]
  4. Morgan7782

    Morgan7782 Dense Egg Goo

    Mar 22, 2010
    Sacramento CA
    I lost a Barred Rock hen while free ranging to a foster dog [​IMG] Only one so far thank gosh
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Once, because I didn't make SURE the gate was closed.
    Once, digging under.
    Once, when a hen flew into my dog yard.

    I've taken care of those things now, but there's always another pred lurking in the woods.
  6. darkmatter

    darkmatter Songster

    Jul 10, 2009
    Quote:Answer: All the above, except "Dug into coop" (deep buried brick foundation) See my BYC page for coop/run pics. I once had a hen that insisted on sleeping out in the run, one morning the remains were high in the top of the tree and the next night the remains were finished off-----Owl maybe? What carries a 8 pound hen to the top of a tree (the mulberry tree in my run pics) eats half one night and the other half the next night?
  7. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    So far we have...

    4 Free ranging deaths
    2 Chicken wire did not stop predator
    2 predator reaching through wire
    1 Unsecured coop
    1 Left the coop open
    1 electric fence malfucntion.
    1 Dug under fence

    Lets keep them coming. Unfortunately [​IMG]
  8. J3172

    J3172 Songster

    Feb 6, 2010
    2 ducks while free ranging, takin by owl.
    3 young chicks to raccoon, they were poled through the cage
  9. rcentner

    rcentner Songster

    Sep 6, 2009
    Le Roy, NY
    7 free range (morning).... fox attack, idk if they all got killed and taken from the property or if some ran off and were lost and killed by the fox or hawk or whatever else. Only 1 out of 8 missing chickens returned after that incident
  10. Oven Ready

    Oven Ready Songster

    May 9, 2010
    All Free Range

    In order of 'Most Wanted'

    These ones really annoy me
    Numerous - Dogs
    Numerous - Cats

    These ones I don't mind so much
    A few - Hawks
    A few - Snakes
    A few - One Nasty Hen
    Only One - Monitor Lizard
    Two - Falling Tamarind Seed - they are about the same size as a week old chick - they even hurt me when they hit my head
    Only One - Falling Mango Fruit
    Only One - Drowning in water bowl

    This one just made me feel bad
    Only One - Our Truck - Why do chickens sleep under cars and not get out the way?

    We've not had any predator penetrate the coop when the door is closed. We have two coops, one is used as a dog/cat trap at night with a spring closing door and we've not had any dogs or cats get out of the trap....

    I'm sure glad we don't have raccoons round here, from what I can tell from the horror stories I've read on BYC they seem worse than dogs.

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