Lost 3 chicks last night!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickenwoods, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. chickenwoods

    chickenwoods Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    This morning i went out to get the chickens up and going,,and i was very upset...
    I saw a chick hanging from the top of the tracter by his neck:eek:[​IMG] then went around to the other side of the tracter and there was another chick laying dead on her side...[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    and a wing from another lost bird laying outside the tractor...What a HORRIBLE night!
    Whatever predator it was it attacked one through the wire, pulled her through ate her,went on top the tracter and treid to pull one through the top,hanging the chicken from the roof of the tracter:( and tried to pull another through the wire but couldnt..

    Tonight im gonna be ready for this predator whatever it is,coon,skunk,possum, possible bobcat..Traps and all..
    I aint gonna let this masacure happen agian....[​IMG] They got one of my favorite chicks, she was a light red color possible a Buff orp,she was the nicest thing ever!!,i could pick her up in my hand and she would set there and cluck..They were only a month old..
  2. WindyOaksYokes

    WindyOaksYokes Songster

    Jul 17, 2007
    Central Virginia
    oh hun... I am so sorry... yep... sounds like a coon to me from what I have read... but Im certainly no expert!!! Please let us know when you get that (#*@#%&*$ whatever it was... hopefully though it wont come back...
  3. peeps7

    peeps7 Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    Yeah sorry about your chick. I have a 3 day old silkie and if something got him that something would feel sorry. Good Luck

    P.S I love animals and even have a ton of them but if something killed one of em then you know.[​IMG]
  4. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Crowing

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    I'm so sorry you lost your chick.:aww I hope you find the "whatever-it-is" before it takes more! Good Luck! [​IMG]
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Sounds like a raccoon to me also...
    sorry that you lost your chicks.
  6. peepkeeper

    peepkeeper Songster

    Jul 5, 2007
    upstate New York
    I agree that it sounds like a racoon, although coyotes will do the same thing sometimes. Why not spread flour around the tractor and then see what kind of prints you get?
  7. JaciesCoop

    JaciesCoop Songster

    Aug 16, 2007
    I'm so sorry about your chicks. Mine are a month old now and I would be devastated! I did loose one the 2nd week and that was hard enough but to lose that many. Again, I'm so sorry.
  8. JacobsRewardFarm

    JacobsRewardFarm In the Brooder

    Jun 29, 2007
    Parker, TX
    I had a similar experience last week, though I only lost one. Got pulled through the wire and its head chewed off. Not sure if it was a hen or roo. :-( So I moved the flock of 24 over to my "Fort Knox" tractor and have been working on ideas for beefing up the pvc tractor that the raccoon (I'm betting) got through. It's a "quanset hut" shaped pvc tractor, 6.5 feet x 10 feet. I'm thinking of putting a length of corrugated roofing along the bottom edge of the tractor on at least 3 sides, about 2 feet high, to keep the coons from being able to reach through and grab a chicken. They usually sleep at the far end of the tractor, so the "door" end isn't as vulnerable.

    It's horrible to walk out to feed and find bits of chicken - especially one you liked a lot. I'm so sorry.

    I know not everybody believes this, but I pray God's protection around my entire property line and all my critters every night. But I got a little lazy that night :-(.

    On my way to church this morning, a coyote crossed the road 2 houses down from my house. I prayed that he would find his breakfast somewhere else. I think he was wandering close to the houses because dove season has started, and it sounds like a war zone around here.

    Here's the tractor that the coon reached through to grab one of my chickens:

    Here's Ft. Knox:

    Stay safe!
    Cindy T.
    Parker, TX
  9. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    What is the smallest size wire that they can reach through? I have 1/4" hardware cloth on my new panels for the bottom 3', and 1" grid wire on the Chick-N-Barn.

    Should I reinfoce the ChickNBarn/Run with 1/4"?? Or is the 1" square small enough? They do go into the barn at night and there's no wire there that a perp could reach through...

  10. chickenwoods

    chickenwoods Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    I do believe it is possible for a coon to reach through a 1" inch wire..If u could afford the 1/4" it might save you alot of trouble in the future.

    Thanks for all the replys,
    I got my trap set towards the woods next to my tracter,I know they will be back tonight..

    Jacobsrewardfarm, your ft.knox chicken tractor is FANTASTIC!!! That is awesome!!!!! lol with my chicken tracter you have to be careful about moving it bc it might fall apart LOL!!

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