Lost a chick to something

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by gmachicken, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. gmachicken

    gmachicken Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Hi there. We lost a 7 wk old chick today. We've been fortunate until lately to not have much problems with predators. i guess we've been found out!
    This happened between about 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM today. The results was one 7 week old chick dead. There were two areas of feathers and after walking about the yard a bit I found the body, headless and the chest area pecked at. it was against the inside of the fence and seemed to have been 'covered'. In one pile of feathers there was evidence of craw contents.

    A friend told me it was with out a doubt a skunk. It wasn't at night or dusk or dawn.
    I thought a bird at first but the body was there, then a dog but the last time it destroyed my flock, a cat?

    After reading the note on predators I did not have any conclusive ideas. Other than to put up an electric fence, which I didn't want to .

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    All the girls (19) will be kept in their respected coop tomorrow until I can be home to check it out. Cannot think of anything else to do.

    Thank you for your help.
     
  2. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    The fact that it was buried makes me think it was a cat. I'm not sure if skunks do that or not. [​IMG]
     
  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hard to tell, might want to insure your run is secure, topped and skirted. Try laying out a sheet of plywood with flour sprinkled on it and the dead bird or some other bait in the middle. The predator will investigate and leave you prints to help identify your foe.
     
  4. gmachicken

    gmachicken Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Thank you for the comments.
    I will get it all together and hope for the best!
     
  5. mjuenem

    mjuenem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Isn't there also a chance for a Yeti in SW Oregon?
     
  6. gmachicken

    gmachicken Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Okay I'll bite, what's a yeti???
     

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