Well I have just had my 1st loss to predatorsI lost my buff orp 8 week roo he was growing to start orp line of chickeys , lost 3 other 8 week roos that came as packing peanuts,2 buff orps that just at pol, 1 white packing peanut,&found 1 injured. The white roo hadn't sounded off in a couple hours missed dinner . Everyone else was present for dinner, did a minor coop adjustment went in the house but was facing the outside door just chatting never heard or saw a thing . Went back out to do watering there was
a strangeness with the hens just kinda noticed missing 8 weekers , did a fast head count kept coming up short .Looked everywhere for the missing never found a feather , carcass nothing.Known preds in the area coyote, fox, raccoon, neighboring dogs. I strongly suspect fox or coyote. Now this our fault for not putting them up when we knew roo was gone wouldn't have lost the others. But it does really dampen your spirits when it happens.All I can say is I am grateful for not having a total loss.I think 8 is enough. That hurt from 40 we have 32 now ..This happened from 3-6 pm. Everyone is currently in lock down in their coop, no more unsupervised free ranging , they gonna miss this.Got 1 in chicken hospital acting kinda shocky, with bruised chest around wing area with 2 scraping type wounds. I live in the rural part of the county. Their coop & run are fort knox so they are safe from that prospective.
a strangeness with the hens just kinda noticed missing 8 weekers , did a fast head count kept coming up short .