- Jun 4, 2014
I had 9 chickens today when I left for work. 5 Leg Horns, 3 Silkies and a Sizzle roo. They are free range during the day when someone is home. We have 3 dogs. The one that has a history of going after things.. he's old, diabetic and technically under hospice care these days and currently has a cone on his head! but back in the day when he did kill (skunk, squirrels, wood chuck ) he left the body. Today this dog had the roo in his mouth with the cone on his head. There must have been a lot of comotion for him to go for the roo or the roo was already dead when he picked it up. But Here's my yard... a fence 6' picket around the perimeter. Then a pool area that has another fence around it. My silikes and roo pretty much stay in the pool area where there coop is. the others would squeeze through the fence into the other fenced in part. with 3 dogs and a dbl fenced yard we never had a wild animal problem. Today (aside from the obvious My dog) something else got 6 of my chickens. feathers in clumps in different locations around the yard. No blood no bodies no nothing. The rooster which my daughter said was in the fenced part of the yard deceased was not there when I got home an hour later. The dogs were in the house. What would do this. I am hoping the chickens are hiding...but I am also a realist. My blue silkies couldn't hide if they tried, Heart Broken .... DO you think a hawk? But 6 chickens? IDK how a fox would squeeze through two fences and in broad daylight..