my birds are disappearing

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kmclay, May 25, 2010.

  1. kmclay

    kmclay Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm pretty freaked out because something is very wrong with my flock(s). I had 2 male geese and 1 female, 1 male turkey and 1 female, and one rooster (banty, little guy) and maybe 15 hens. The female goose disappeared, the female turkey disappeared, and several chickens are gone as well. Yesterday, I walked into the chicken house and found our Barred Rock chicken on the floor with two awful bites taken out of her back. I put her up in a nest, and tried to take care of the wounds, but she died.

    My dilemma is: is this the same thing? We thought coyotes were responsible for most of them, but what is up with the chicken on the floor of the hen house?

    I am worried that our geese (two young male geese) are attacking the chickens since the female goose went missing. Do geese kill chickens? How could a chicken possibly get away from a coyote? It's a mystery and any advice is sooooooooooo welcome. I love the geese, but they can be mean mean mean.
     
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    sorry for your loss [​IMG] yes geese can be mean as far as your predator sorry can't help you.
     
  3. kmclay

    kmclay Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. I'm awaiting more replies; but I can't believe how many people are on this site now. Wow. I'm about ready to grant my husband permission to shoot coyotes. I never ever never ever thought I'd see that day.
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes! By all means, let your husband shoot the coytes. They are predators and will get your birds. To be honest, when I started reading your post about the birds disappearing my first thought was coyotes. Could be a young one that had your hen and accidentally let her go and she made her way back to the coop.
     

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