I DO NOT BELIEVE THIS. PLYMOUTH ROCK GONE WITHOUT A TRACE? What ate her?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Mary's Backyard Chickens, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. Mary's Backyard Chickens

    Mary's Backyard Chickens Songster

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    PLEASE HELP!
    Okay. So I went out to check on my chickens and check eggs this morning, and brought food scraps to give them. At first, I didn't notice anything. But when I poured food out, and Tiny (our chicken that is gone now) didn't come running to get some, I knew something was wrong. I looked in the cracks in the coop, everywhere in the pen, I even looked everywhere in the backyard to see if our dog Sugar had gotten her (which I doubted since we never let them free range). Nowhere. The funny thing is, I didn't find as much as a Plymouth Rock feather laying on the ground. No blood, no feathers, no anything. She is gone, without a trace. No, this isn't Oreo who looks like her, the one I was asking what breed it is yesterday. We have had Tiny longer and we know she's a Plymouth Rock because the person who gave her to us told us. I need to know what will kill a chicken to make it be gone without a trace. Any ideas?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Fox, coyote, bobcat, fisher - all are snatch and run predators that can readily scale/jump a fence and carry a large hen away. A lot depends upon where you are located. Fishers have a somewhat limited range, and bobcats are not generally common in urban areas - fox and coyotes are everywhere.
     
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  3. Ruralhideaway

    Ruralhideaway Crowing

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    Were they locked in their coop for the night?
     
  4. Mary's Backyard Chickens

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    No, but I see many opossums coming around here at night and our dog protects them.
     
  5. Ruralhideaway

    Ruralhideaway Crowing

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    I actually was at a window once and saw a grey fox snatch a one year old rooster. Left nothing behind, couldn't have guessed unless I was right there.
     
  6. junebuggena

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    Could have been anything since they weren't secured overnight.
     
  7. Mary's Backyard Chickens

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    They were secured. We have good fencing and covering over our coop, so no one can climb into it. Plus, we have a dog that barks at anything that comes outside at night and she's outside 247. She makes sure nothing gets in the coop.
     
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    We have wire covering over our pen I mean.
     
  9. Ruralhideaway

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    Also, sorry about your hen. Never easy to lose one.

    What kind of dog do you keep outside? The coyotes around here will kill a lab. Running off a possum is one thing, but many dogs won't even happily take on a fox.
     
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    I have a Husky, German Shepard, Rottweiler mix.
     

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