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Lost 2 girls, now to figure out what took them

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by tegaily, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. tegaily

    tegaily Out Of The Brooder

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    We had two hens taken yesterday at dinner time. We didn't hear anything. Only noticed them missing when we went out to fill feeders and waterers and lock them up for the night. We found them further back on the property 1 had a broken neck with feathers all around her the other had her neck/crop and intestinal area eaten. What do you think killed them? They are free range and we have several young chicks here that were not touched.
     
  2. spies04

    spies04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had something similiar to this with foxes. Broken necks can be their calling card because they do not like the struggle or the screaming. They are quick, quiet and deadly because they break their necks quickly on the kill and get in and out fast. Just an outside opinion. I was also told that once they find a food source in that area, they will come back which is what we found. You may want to look at putting them in a pen for a while, otherwise you could lose more. Good luck! This can be so sad to lose them like this.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    My best guess is a Raccoon, as they generally eat the crop/neck area, kill several birds, and are scrounging around in the evening. A fox is possible, though then generally carry the birds away and don't eat them on-site. You might consider setting up some traps for Raccoons and/or foxes. Other than that, since your birds free range, there isn't much you can do to protect them during the day. Perhaps a good guard dog or protective rooster would help.

    I am sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2013
  4. Peplers chicks

    Peplers chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry, I know the feeling, mine were lost more than once, or let me rephrase, Bitten to death and left like that, dogs, dogs, I hate neighbors dogs, 14 years back it was my own, I killed him for that, since then, four times my whole flock was murdered,
     
  5. tegaily

    tegaily Out Of The Brooder

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    set a trap tonight, so we'll see if we catch anything. We also have Great Horned Owls around, would you think it could be them?
     
  6. spies04

    spies04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wondering if you caught anything? I do not have a lot of experience with owls - I have heard they kill where they find them?
     
  7. tegaily

    tegaily Out Of The Brooder

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    No we still haven't caught anything :(
    We have seen a skunk in the yard though so it might have been him, but I had read that they eat the heads and stack and my birds heads were not touched nor were they found together.
     
  8. spies04

    spies04 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost three of mine to a fox and I was devastated.
     
  9. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    If you'll deploy a Duke dog proof raccoon trap or two you'll confirm or disprove that there are any chicken killing raccoons active in your area. I am betting that your old friend the GH owl is to blame for your losses.
     

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