Predator in trees at night?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chena16c, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. chena16c

    chena16c Chirping

    Aug 12, 2010
    Austin, TX
    Okay, something has done away with 4 of my hens now. I have NO clue what it is. All I know is that it is attacking the hens that are roosting on top of my run at night or in the branches in the trees.

    The hens all thought they were smart to start roosting in the trees (some have been doing it for a year now). A couple always stayed on top of the run. Last week one of my young spring chickens went missing. So I thought it somehow escaped the yard or got taken by something. Then 3 days later I could tell a chicken was attacked in my yard by the trail of feathers. Sure enough I found her dead, with her bottom ripped out (but he egg laying intact next to her eww, I know). She was the one who stayed on the run at night. Her friend must have been scared enough because that night I found her ready for bed in the coop, with the only hen that stays in the coop.

    Today 2 more went missing. My neighbor left a note saying that he found a mauled to death chicken in his backyard. The other one is MIA like the first one.

    Would a raccoon climb the trees to get to the chickens? I'm in a pretty urban area, so I'm most likely thinking it's not a bobcat
    (but who knows). The attacks are happening at night. I think between 4-6am. With the "found" chickens my dog has woken me up barking. the first time at 5:30 but I didn't think anything of it (dead chicken number 1) Last night he barked again at 4am, so I got dressed and went out with my flashlight but didn't see anything (including one of the missing chickens, I didn't see her when I went out at 7am either).

    I'm bummed because both girls that went missing today were my green eggers, and one was all white!


  2. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Songster

    Sep 23, 2011
    Houston, TX
    I'm thinking it's either a possum or a raccoon
  3. littleoak

    littleoak Chirping

    Sep 26, 2010
    Ashmore IL 61912
  4. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Songster

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ducky Land!
    Coon possibly opossum.
  5. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Songster

    Aug 7, 2011
    west virginia
    ditto on the owl, absolutely certain about that. It will take everyone of the chickens now it knows where they are..
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    It could have been any one of several predators

    If you want to keep your birds, you'll need to lock them in the coop at night
  7. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Songster

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ducky Land!
    Bear Foots right just scare the chickens down and herd them to the coop (Easier said then done) its better than losing more hens.

  8. chickensioux

    chickensioux Songster

    Feb 12, 2009
    Western North Carolina
  9. mangled

    mangled Songster



  10. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    I have grey fox , red fox, coyote , bobcat ,coon, possum, groundhog ,beaver ,otter ,mink,muskrat , nutria and skunk now and then in urban settings we do not have hardly any skunk here, there are 7-11's and grocery stores/shopping centers less then 1-2 minutes away from me.

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