Lost three the other morning

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Mikee1948, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. Mikee1948

    Mikee1948 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    Four AM I heard the squwak of distressed chickens, I ran out ot the pen and three of my five were dead, heads bitten off of two of them. I thought this was secure enough, but evidently it wasn't.

    I replaced the roof and locked the other two birds in the coop. At 6:30 I went back outside and the roof was again pushed open. The two hens were safe but really spooked. So I rebuilt it like this, and wired shut all the roof sections. Now, I'll have to buy some more hens next week.

  2. maybejoey

    maybejoey got chickenidous?

    It sounds like a hawk or and owl. They will only eat the head then leave the body.[​IMG]
  3. Mikee1948

    Mikee1948 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    I don't think a hawk or owl could pull back the screening. Plus two of the dead ones were crammed up against the fence, like something was trying to pull them through it. I'm thinking raccoon?
  4. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    I'm thinking raccoon or fox or bobcat?
  5. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
    I am so sorry [​IMG] this is horrible [​IMG] [​IMG]
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    the openings in your fence are large enough for a coon to pull body parts through - you need to use hardware cloth over the bottom couple of feet or so, so they can't grab ahold of any.
  7. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ducky Land!
    I'm so sorry these things always make me cry [​IMG] I would guess coon.

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