predator getting my chickens through 2x4 wire. no sign of entry???? what do you think it is

joshyoua_rine

In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 9, 2011
77
1
43
t-ville, NC
I have lost a total of 4 adult bantams and 2 chicks in 3 days. On sunday i noticed something had dug about 2 inches under a small
half inch wire covered brooder and got a hen and 2 chicks. Then sometime between last night and this evening i went to check my
other large 2x4 wire covered pen and was missing 3 adult bantams with no sign of entry.

my question is what predator do you think it is? i am quite puzzled as to what would remove 3 birds through 2x4 wire and leave only feathers with no sign of entry and no carcasses. my guess is a small family of racoons
 

ChickensAreSweet

Heavenly Grains for Hens
9 Years
Jun 8, 2010
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Pacific NW- where the Douglas Firs grow
Raccoons can pull them through the wire. Also weasels and rats can get through anything but 1/2 inch hardware cloth. For diggers you can apron out some hardware cloth (google hardware cloth apron) or bury it.

Where they sleep has to be coated and covered in hardware cloth wherever there are openings to be a Fort Knox coop.
 

Cetawin

Chicken Beader
11 Years
Mar 20, 2008
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NW Kentucky
The losses could be caused from any number of predators. The problem that need to be fixed are as follows:

1. Secure all opening with hardwire cloth with no larger than a 1/2 inch opening. (i.e.: All sides, top, bottoms etc)

2. Pens on ground level that can be dug into need 1/4" or 1/2" hardwire cloth covering the ground and coming out on a 2' perimeter to stop digging.

or

Coop them

Anything larger than 1/2" opening means lost birds.
 

smedly9921

In the Brooder
7 Years
Apr 20, 2012
89
5
31
North East Ohio
Racoons are smart as hell. Set some have a heart traps with marshmallows or tuna fish, capture them and kill them. The trap will prove an easier meal than your chickens, they will get trapped then you MUST KILL THEM. If you live in a city and cannot shoot them them fill a rubber made tote with water and put the whole cage in, wait five minutes dispose of the carcass as far away from you house as possable because the dead animal will attract other unwanted predators. This will work, it works for me, when i first started i lost plenty of chickens to coons now that i have traps set all the time i loose none.
 

joshyoua_rine

In the Brooder
8 Years
Aug 9, 2011
77
1
43
t-ville, NC
Steel foot traps are very affective, but they are not picky lol. i already had a marshmallow in a live trap and the raccoon didnt take the bait.
 

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