Light Brahma Hen Killed Today by what?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by JustJ, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. JustJ

    JustJ Hatching

    Jun 15, 2009
    Northern Calfornia
    My 2 year old 9 pound light brahma was killed today. I left for work in the daylight and came home to find a pile of feathers next to a pile of either dog or coyote scat. I only have 2 hens and the other was ok inside her coop where she normally sleeps at night. They free range during the day and I have never had predator problems. I figured my big girl was too big for anything to get. I am devestated. My girls are part of my family. I need to figure out whether I have a dog problem or a coyote problem. The attack had to have occurred in daylight hours or possibly at dusk. I arrived home just as it was getting dark. There was nothing left but a huge number of feathers. Any suggestions on which it is? I will be keeping my other girl in until I figure out how to protect her. Any thoughts on how she will do alone without companionship for a while are also appreciated!
    Mourning in California...
  2. Agnella

    Agnella Chirping

    Jul 20, 2010
    N. Georgia
    I don't know what it could be. I'm so sorry about your girl. [​IMG]
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    I need to figure out whether I have a dog problem or a coyote problem

    I don't understand why it matters which it was.
    The solutions would be the same either way​
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011
  4. MMPoultryFarms

    MMPoultryFarms Songster

    Jun 21, 2010
    Okarche Oklahoma
    a coyote is a dog and if you have a yote problem you have a dog problem. SSS easiest solution to your problem.
  5. JustJ

    JustJ Hatching

    Jun 15, 2009
    Northern Calfornia
    It matters in that I live in a rather remote area and would like to track down if someone is letting their dogs run loose. Sounds like I may not be able to figure it out. Thanks post #1 for the sympathy.
  6. jmtrestle

    jmtrestle In the Brooder

    Nov 28, 2010
    Bloomington, IN
    Raccoons also leave piles that smell and look like dog poo.
    Sorry about your loss.
  7. chickstofeed

    chickstofeed In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2011
    most likely a dog if it occurred while you were at work
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Dog or more likely coyote- it really does not matter. Just know that it will return and you must fortify your run or sadly enough the rest of your flock will be decimated. Just a reality of dealing with predators. Good luck in protecting your birds.
  9. Quinn4321

    Quinn4321 Songster

    Aug 28, 2010
    P.A/M.D border, USA
    Sorry for your loss. I have a pen, but the wnter storms have torn the netting until i get it fixed, praying for no predator problems.
  10. Doc Henry

    Doc Henry Songster

    Nov 16, 2009
    Georgetown Tx
    Set up a game camera it will tell you what your dealing with when they are coming and you then have proof if it is dogs. So sorry for your loss its never easy but don't give up.

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