Lost my 8 week old Easter Egger- but to what?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ckelley, Dec 26, 2016.

  1. ckelley

    ckelley Chillin' With My Peeps

    91
    16
    76
    Jan 26, 2015
    Southern Colorado
    I went out to check the girls this morning and found that their door had been opened. My white EE, the bravest and most curious of my girls is gone.

    I initially thought:
    Maybe she got out- but no tracks in the snow
    Maybe something got in- but few loose feathers and no blood

    Could a predator take her and not leave any trace? I thought raccoons were brutal when they killed and other than that or an owl (maybe?) I have no idea.

    I don't have the $ for a predictor camera or it would have been out there already.
     
  2. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Overrun With Chickens

    If it snowed last night, then any tracks could've been filled in, but I doubt that any chicken, brave or not, would go outside at night, especially when there's snow on the ground.
    That's weird [​IMG] Maybe if she got out, she'll come back [​IMG] Check the area around your yard for any feathers. A really experienced preadtor can drag a chicken out of a tight space and leave no sign until they actually kill the bird (stupid foxes).
     
  3. ckelley

    ckelley Chillin' With My Peeps

    91
    16
    76
    Jan 26, 2015
    Southern Colorado
    We live in town, but less than a mile from the river. It didn't snow last night [​IMG]. My coop is in the far corner of the yard against the alley. We have a 6ft privacy fence and two dogs...

    I can see how a raccoon could get across the fence, along the gate, onto the coop and down to the door. I don't see how it could have then gotten away without leaving a trace.

    I've looked all over their run- even kicking at lumps in the snow just in case.

    I know skunks can dig, but again, there were not any prints in the snow around the coop and it sits high, 2.5 off the ground.
     
  4. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Overrun With Chickens

    This is really weird [​IMG]
     
  5. ckelley

    ckelley Chillin' With My Peeps

    91
    16
    76
    Jan 26, 2015
    Southern Colorado
    [​IMG]

    Just went and checked on them again and everything is fine [​IMG]
     
  6. PeepersMama

    PeepersMama Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG] That's so pretty!
     
    1 person likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by