Lost entire flock in 1 week

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lekafarms, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. lekafarms

    lekafarms Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello friends.... I am just beside myself. Last Monday my husband went out to give our 16 (all girls) chickens fresh food and water and found 12 chickens dead. He said it was just terrible, never seen anything like it before. He had a really hard time calling me to even tell me. I was a mess. So he cleaned that all up and that left me with 4. My girls were not even 1 year old yet. Those 4 we locked in the coop. They had no business out anyway because it has been -15 degrees and ice/snow everywhere. In their coop they have several places to roost, a huge feeder, a huge fountain waterer on a heater, 2 heat lamps and a chicken block to snack on. I shut their little door that leads out side down a ramp so that nothing could get in their and get them. So yesterday my husband let those 4 out since the weather was a little better, oh how they loved coming out. They cracked me up, they just rolled around on the ground cause they were so happy to come out. We put them back in the coop last night, except one girl was perched on the roof in a tire of the building that sits next to the coop outside of the fence. I couldn't reach her so my husband went out about 10pm last night got her down and secured her in the coop. The forecast for today was higher temps then we have had in a long time and I went out to let my 4 girls out and all four of them was dead! 3 inside the coop and the 4th looks like whatever has attacked them tried to pull it out a little rotted spot by the door. My guess that is the entry point and exit point for our mystery Predator. I will tell you that several that my husband found last Monday had their heads missing, the others had their necks tore up. The one in the little rotted spot today that was being pulled out of this tiny hole had no head. I believe the other 3 did. I couldn't bare to examine the scene that close. I am so upset that all my girls are dead. I have had only a problem with 1 hawk that got one of my Light Brahma's late fall 2013. I also have 3 rabbits in hutches in that same are where the chickens coop and run is. I am wondering if whatever came for my girls are gonna get my rabbit's next. If anyone has some suggestions any help would be appreciated. I bought 19 pullets last April and raised these girls from the time they were 2 days old. They were the best layers around. I loved them girls so much, they were so friendly, they were my new hobby since I quit smoking and now I have none. I do have 40 birds ordered and 1 turkey but this means I have to start all over. Thank you in advance for any help.
     
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    horrid, horrid, horrid!

    I am SO VERY sorry for your loss! [​IMG]

    I had all of my chickens die last year from a dog.

    Terrible when it happens, the problem is that everything loves to eat chicken! [​IMG]


    I would guess a weasel/stoat or something else in that family did the deed. They can smush their bodies through the tiniest of holes (it is very astounding) and they love to kill everything they can get their hands on. Horrid critters.

    You need to make sure that even the smallest of holes is blocked.

    again, [​IMG]
     
  3. TheChickInn

    TheChickInn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So very sorry for your loss :( I'm guessing it was a weasel- they seem to kill just for the fun of it) Don't give up- patch up the holes and try again. Weasels can fit through very small cracks, we bury fine gauge chicken wire several feet under the ground around the coop/run to deter these nasty things.
     
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  4. lekafarms

    lekafarms Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the hugs!!! [​IMG] I surely needed them! Thank you for your condolences as well.

    The first time around it could have been several different predators. My Dad who also raised chickens (in his time) says he thought that it could be a weasel or a mink. I agree with you both. Especially after today. The rotted hole is about the size of a silver dollar...maybe? About 3-4 years ago I had a black cat "Boo Kitty" lose an eye after she killed a long tailed weasel in our drive. So I know the possibility of it being a weasel is there. Obviously my new babies won't be able to be in the coop for a long time, so it will give us time to hike up the security in it and around it before my new little girls grow up and get put in the coop area. I am so excited to bring home my new girls. I ordered:

    5 Light Brahma's
    5 Black Sex Links
    5 Barred Rock
    1 Red Bourbon Turkey
    5 Blue Cochins
    5 White Cochins
    15 (Mystery Large Brown Egg Layers) Mystery Chicks
    1 Exotic Chicken (they pick it for you)

    We are going this weekend to get some traps to put out there, I don't want them to bother my son's rabbits next. I should have known that whatever got the first 12 they would come back for the other 4.

    And then there was none....... [​IMG]
     
  5. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Hardware cloth works wonderfully.


    And yep, it boggles my mind how they can mash themselves through such tiny holes.
     
  6. annagarret

    annagarret Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so sorry for your severe loss[​IMG]
     
  7. REDNECK TRAPPER

    REDNECK TRAPPER Out Of The Brooder

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  8. XxMingirlxX

    XxMingirlxX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so sorry xx on wednesday one of my young girls disappeared without a trace, i was beside my self we havent seen her since, still hoping, i hope u feel better.
     
  9. annagarret

    annagarret Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no!!! I am so sorry.....I hope she is OK too!!! Could she be hiding somewhere warmer?[​IMG]
     

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