missing chicks

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by alanabug, May 11, 2016.

  1. alanabug

    alanabug Out Of The Brooder

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    Something is eating my baby chicks that my moma hen hatched. one to two aday. It is completely enclosed with wire in the bottom sides. I did find one hole under wire and can't find the end. about a silver dollar size. I'm thinking snake. But my husband says it wouldn't take one every day or two a day. Happens mid day, Can a snake do this, why ain't the other three adults killing it, and what to do about it? I did find one tore off wing yesterday. and feathers in a laying box one day.
    At first I thought that the cat was getting them because the babies kept breaking out and fixed where the door had a crack and whatever it is in getting them inside the closed pen.
     
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  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm thinking you have a rat problem.
     
  3. alanabug

    alanabug Out Of The Brooder

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    Rats would eat a chick? I saw a field mouse.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Yep. Rats are opportunistic and will not pass up a young chick. Snakes won't leave feathers and pieces behind. They swallow prey whole.
     
  5. alanabug

    alanabug Out Of The Brooder

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    All I saw was a field mouse when we moved there metal laying box, would that be the culprit or the tunnel we saw?.Should I put poison behind there laying box where the mouse lives? What should I do?
     
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    That was my first thought, too.

    Yes - rats will eat chicks, eggs, feed, and whatever else they can get ahold of.

    No - the mouse would not be the culprit. Rats are the most likely suspects in my opinion. I say "rats" because where there is one, there are many. I have used poison to get rid of them. If you go that route (and I can't think of any other effective thing to do), make sure you put the poison where the chickens or any other unintended targets can't get it.
     
  7. Bantambird

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    Do you get mink, ferrets, or weasels?
     
  8. alanabug

    alanabug Out Of The Brooder

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    I think my husband said we get weasels. So whatever has that tunnel leading out of the pen is the culprit?
     
  9. alanabug

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    He said weasels were not common though.
     
  10. junebuggena

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    Most likely a gopher dug the tunnel. But there are lots of critters that utilize gopher tunnels, like rats.
     

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