- Oct 23, 2012
I just found a second hen dead in just a few days. The first was killed when we were gone for three days. We had a neighbor come in to feed and water and collect eggs, but no one was here over night. Generally if the hens get upset during the night my husband goes out and checks on them. We figured they would not be in danger with us here, but when I found my little May this afternoon, she was in the same position on her back legs spread, as we found Sassy a few days ago. We were here and it was day. She was fine this morning. So I looked more closely at her body than I did at Sassy. She was eaten from the inside, apparently through her vent. What could do this? could rats do this? could snakes? I haven't seen rats but I have seen holes by the coop. I'm out there a lot and so are my kids. We see snakes, but only garter snakes. We moved here in autumn, so this is the first spring we've been here. My son's friend says its rats. If it is how can I protect my other girls? Are my children safe? Please help! Is there anything that can get rid of rats quick? I have a broody girl who has been sitting for four days. How can I protect her?