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Lost two pullets this week- What am I dealing with?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by FromChictoChick, Oct 28, 2012.

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  1. FromChictoChick

    FromChictoChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My birds free range in our suburban MA yard. There is a 5' chain link fence surrounding the entire yard and there are bushes, shrubs, etc along the perimeter.

    Two juvenile pullets were being introduced to the flock of young mature hens, but I lost one on Tuesday and one on Saturday, both around the time I went to close up the coop and hen house.

    Here's what I know, both happened the same way:
    Dusk/early evening
    Pullets were taken to the back of the yard, but not out of the yard
    Found lots of feathers, the head and the intestines, plus the croup- nothing else

    What am I looking for? And how can I let them free range, but keep them safe??
     
  2. Comeonbroodyhen

    Comeonbroodyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would set a trap and bait it with some scrap meat from the fridge then you won't have to keep guessing
     
  3. FromChictoChick

    FromChictoChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wondering if it isn't an owl though and I'm hesitant to draw something into the yard as my dogs also go out in the yard (though not alone or at night)
     
  4. Vinegaroon

    Vinegaroon Out Of The Brooder

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    Lots of hawks in new territory for the winter. If you're finding the remains at dusk when you run 'em into the coop i don't think it's a nocturnal predator. Somebody is finishing there meal by the light of day.
     
  5. FromChictoChick

    FromChictoChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it's definetly right after dark
     

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