Lost two hens last night

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Renegade, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. Renegade

    Renegade Songster

    Oct 8, 2007
    Griffin, GA
    Our chickens free range all day in a fully fenced 6 acre pasture and spend the night in a smaller fenced area with a coup away from our horses and goats.
    This morning I went out to feed and two of my hens were dead. [​IMG] One had all of the meat on the neck eaten off and the chest had been opened up. The hole in the chest was maybe 3" across. The other bird was a few feet away and only had the hole in the chest. Anyone have any ideas what may have done this?
    It has been 2-3 years since we've had any problems with predators.

  2. bockbock2008

    bockbock2008 Why do they call me crazy??

    Dec 30, 2008
    Southwest Indiana
    I know it wasnt a coyote. They got 11 of mine in broad daylight and all they left was a pile of feathers and every now and then a wing.
  3. moduckman

    moduckman Songster

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cairo, Missouri
  4. SussexInSeattle

    SussexInSeattle Songster

    Oct 6, 2008
    If the holes are clean and bloodless, think Rats. I lost a pullet last year and it had a hole in the breat that looked as clean as if a surgeon had cut it, no blood anywhere. People didn't belive me until I caught a rat in the act in broad daylight.

    Do your chickens have roosts? You may want to search online or hardware stores for those rat traps where the bait is inside a black box and the rat can not move the poison away from the box.
  5. Barry

    Barry Songster

    Quote:Sorry for your loss.
    Since my last loss, I have focused on preventing any future losses over what type of predator caused the last one.
    I have learned the hard way that it is critically important to lock them in at night.
  6. smith2

    smith2 Songster

    Jan 5, 2008
    Paris, TN
    Ditto, coon. They usually rip the heads off and eat into the chest.
  7. birdlover

    birdlover Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    The only way you're going to avoid this type of thing is to lock them up. Sorry you lost your 2 girls.
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2009
  8. clayhill

    clayhill Songster

    Nov 17, 2008
    Lee County, Arkansas
    Very sorry for your loss, but birdlover is right, you need to shut them up in the coop every night where they are safe.
  9. Coon and it will be back. lock your girls up any way you can. Coons can also reach in and kill then pull your girls through any chicken wire.
    They are VERY determined little critters.
  10. jay1995

    jay1995 Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    St. Augustine, Florida
    racoon definetly. It sounds a little bit weird but that is exactly what happened to my rooster head was pulled off and chest ripped open and almost ate his entire chest. Im sorry for your loss its hard im lucky I only lost one. Again sorry for your loss.[​IMG]

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