I cannot figure out what predator is killing my chickens *graphic pic*

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by shifu, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. shifu

    shifu In the Brooder

    Aug 26, 2013
    Here is what one of my hens looks like after this predator was done with it. The predator is able to jump down into the pen. It kills during the daylight hours when the chickens are in the run. I am thinking it is either a bobcat or a raccoon. Has anyone experienced this before? FYI 6 ft high hardware wire fence with a live wire embedded in it every 2 feet. .
  2. DaveMorey

    DaveMorey Chirping

    Jul 30, 2013
    Westminster, Vermont
    My first thought is a raccoon. I have lost a number of chickens to them over the years. They never seem to eat the whole thing and generally just make a mess of the bird. Have you been able to find any trace of tracks? If there are trees that the animal could climb up and circumvent the fence this could be the way in. Raccoon's are generally more crafty and able to find ways around our best defenses.
  3. Bullitt

    Bullitt Songster

    Jan 16, 2012

    Where do you live?

    Is the predator jumping from something into the run or just crawling over the fence? Live wire? Is that electric wire?

    You may have to put a net or something over your run to stop this. Maybe a dog that is kept close to the run would stop it.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2013
  4. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Crowing

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Wow! Sorry to see such an unhappy sight. In reading through Storeys' chicken book, the best I can come up with is either possum or - more likely a hawk. Is it possible for a hawk to fly down into the pen?? An electric fence would not be a deterrent to an aerial attack. If so, stringing some twine or wire across the top of the enclosure to inhibit the 'fly path' would almost certainly stop the attacks. Good luck! Sue
  5. Without more info.. I vote Hawk....

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