Missing chickens mystery

LaFleche

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Sep 22, 2012
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I know it happens but I haven't had any losses for quite a long time. I'm not the average backyard chicken owner. Currently I have around 400 birds minus 10 now. I started keeping chickens around 50 years ago and over the years have had many lessons learned the hard way. This is another lesson.
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cmom

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I have seen the female on camera many times. They do have routes and routines. Now I have seen a couple of kits that are now out hunting for themselves. I know they will all be back but have also seen a coyote and have noticed the same with them. One that had an injured right front foot was coming around quite often. A neighbor had seen it too. Apparently it got hit by a car.
 
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A lone coyote wouldn't have taken this many chickens so its safe to assume it was the young kits . Because they're inexperienced they take risks an older fox wouldn't take.I smelled a red fox in my backyard recently but still haven't seen it on my camera.Coyotes and foxes don't usually hunt in the same territory.Coyotes kill them.
 

cmom

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I recently learned that foxes smell like skunk sometimes. Did you smell anything like that?
I have eliminate some that have killed some of my birds in the past and yes they did stink. As long as they leave my birds alone I leave them alone. If they give it a try again I will eliminate them. One of the cameras at the coops went off last night but I didn't see what had set it off.
 

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