Nobody Survived!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by DaCheez, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. DaCheez

    DaCheez New Egg

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    I went out to my coop today to take care of my chickens, only to find that all seven of them were killed. [​IMG]:mad: I've had predator attacks before, but never had all of my birds terminated like this. They all had tiny bite marks on the back of their necks, and one was missing her head. They weren't eaten at all, but there were feathers everywhere. They all died together in one group (for the most part; a few were scattered about). I found a small hole dug under the corner of the chicken coop where the culprit must have gotten in. I'm thinking it was either a small dog or more likely a weasel. Anyone have any other ideas of what type of predator it may have been?
    I set a live trap next to the hole going into the coop and I hope the predator comes back tonight so I don't have to worry about this happening again (though I doubt it'll come back as there's nothing left to kill).
    I've been raising chickens for ten years, and now it feels very strange to suddenly not own any at all. [​IMG] I'll be getting some more birds very soon...
     
  2. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Conway SC
    Sound like a weasel.I'm so sorry that's such an awful thing to happen.Poor babies, it must be terrible knowing your trapped and can't get away.
     
  3. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    Oh my worst nightmare. I'm so sorry that happened. I hope you catch the little (bad word) that did that! [​IMG]

    Keep us posted if you find out what it was. These horrible events can sometimes be a learning tool for others. I'm really really sorry. [​IMG]
     
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Sorry for this terrible loss.

    I does sound like the work of a weasel to me from what I've read.
     
  5. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    it could possibly be a mink. Set up some traps with canned catfood (chicken or tuna works) ans see what you get. I am so sorry you lost all your babies [​IMG]
     
  6. Yogiman

    Yogiman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry to hear about your tradegy. That has got to hurt. Sounds like possibly a weasel or mink. Hope you get it before you get more chicks. Good luck.
     
  7. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Im really sorry that you lost your whole flock. I dont know what other predators you have in your area, but the head being bitten off sounds like a possum or small raccoon, if not the weasel that you suspect. I hope that you trap what ever it is. My DD trapped about 6 small possums last fall using cat food and marshmallows.

    When you fix the hole, bury some fencing down about a foot, or run in out on the ground around the coop to prevent digging in.

    Check our buy sell trade section for eggs or birds of all ages to replace your flock. [​IMG]


    Welcome to BYC.

    Chel
     
  8. chatham400

    chatham400 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm so sorry!

    We had an attack awhile back and have no doubt it was a fischer. Not sure where you are, but here in CT , they have become quite a nuisance.
     
  9. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "Weasel or mink" screams the little voice in the back of my mind..

    Although, I've heard that they will drag them into a pile. He probably didn't nab them all in the same spot, unless they were roosting there..

    Sorry to hear about it. Predators do not usually bother me all that much, but the weasels get under my skin, I suppose it is the surplus killing that bugs me..

    -Kim
     
  10. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * I can't even wrap my head around that!!! OMG, I'm SO SORRY. It feels so stupid to say that to you, but I don't know what else to say.
     

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