i guess our luck has run out

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ctjim, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. ctjim

    ctjim Songster

    Jun 9, 2007
    we lost 3 hens this afternoon in the yard. i let them fr for awhile, we were only gone about an 1hr, come home and find 1 right in the yard not eaten or anything, just lots of feathers. proceed to bury speck then notice more feathers in the field, look over the wall and see 1 of the other aracuanas in the stream bed dead, not eaten , same as speck, then proceed to bury that aracuana, and go for a walk further into the stream bed, finally find the missing buff only this time she was 1/2 eaten mostly in the mid section and some missing feathers in the neck area. not sure what got them but after looking at the predator article, i'm thinking a dog? however our dog was locked in the house and he can't go to where they were killed. and the neighbors dog is a small dog and he rarely leaves their sight if hes out. i was also considering a fisher cat or coyote, but whikle walking the stream bed i found no tracks. we've also had a red tail hawk around, but i don't think they kill 3 at a time. we've been predator free for over a year and finally i think it caught up w/ us, the remaining 5 hens will be under permanant lock and key in their run.
  2. ChickyPooh

    ChickyPooh Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    South GA
    so sorry for your loss [​IMG] we lost 10 birds a mounth ago so I no how you feel
  3. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Sorry for your loss [​IMG] I keep expecting my luck to run out [​IMG]
  4. chicamama

    chicamama Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Topanga Ca
    Just when you think......

    Lost one myself yesterday. Neighbor's *visiting* friend's dog.
    Who wudda thought!
  5. chickenfanatic

    chickenfanatic Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    deming new mexico
    darn chicken killers well its part of the hobby i guess one of the bad parts but i hope u find out what it is and take care of the problem before whatever it is makes a habit of it
  6. Foxes often kill and leave the body to kill again, then return to get the bodies to bury so they will age...might be a fox with young.
  7. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Sounds like a fox to me too. But almost certainly canine.
  8. Kentucky

    Kentucky In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2008

    Agreed very sorry for your loss, however to be honest I feel a lot worse for your chickens.

    Anytime the wife's little flock is out of their pen I'm out in the area too, if something isn't right they come running.

    Its like they have learned that the 12ga Remington 1100 though extremely loud instantly removes all danger.

    With them after the BOOM, its back to chicken business like the problem has been solved. Even though I've never had time to check, I've often wondered when I point the gun do they put their wings over their ears.

    So far, so good

  9. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I'm guessing it was a dog. Don't think that a small one can't do that kind of damage. Small dogs can be very tenacious. Many small dogs (daschunds and small terriers come to mind) were originally bred to hunt, attack and kill small animals. Chicken are an easy target even for small dogs.
  10. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    yep, we had a small dog that was a chicken killer..it wasn't much bigger than a chicken, but still good at killing them. :thun

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