Massacre in the coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by CrookedCoop8, Jul 26, 2016.

  1. CrookedCoop8

    CrookedCoop8 Just Hatched

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    All 8 of my chickens were killed!!!! I'm so upset!
    We had hardware cloth over their coop entrance and something chewed their way through. It took one but left the rest.
    I thought they were so safe since we were using the thicker material. Someone please help me on how to keep this from happening again.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Electric fencing deters most predators. Sorry for your loss.
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    So sorry! Pictures of your coop and run setup will help here. What an awful event! Mary
     
  4. CrookedCoop8

    CrookedCoop8 Just Hatched

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    I'm thinking that's going to be my best option. Thank you
     
  5. CrookedCoop8

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    They were confined to their coop. I'll get pics later it's pouring here. We had a door made and hardware cloth over that and it predator chewed through that and busted in, killing them all. A friend told us to put them in there for about two weeks so they would know where to go at night time. So I thought they were so safe.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Can you judge from the hole made how a large an animal killed your birds? My first thought is 'dog'
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  7. CrookedCoop8

    CrookedCoop8 Just Hatched

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    I honestly didn't look close. I not a "true farmer" so I was attached to these chicks. So when I saw them all laid out dead I ran and didn't inspect it much. But I will once my husband hoses out the blood.
     
  8. CrookedCoop8

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    Well I figured it out. I went to go check it out. They chewed the zip ties that was holding their temp door on until they were big enough for their run
     
  9. CrookedCoop8

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    The hard ware cloth was ripped a little bit but the ties popped off and they pushed open the door.
    I bought two cages so hopefully I'll catch the stupid coons
     
  10. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Serious predators require serious predator protection; the 'Ft. Knox' coop and run. Many of us have had awful experiences, and over time have learned that there's no such thing as 'too safe'. My current coop and run combination, ugly but solid. [​IMG]

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