In the Brooder
- Oct 18, 2021
Hello! I am new user and asking for help on finding out what kind of predator is attacking my chickens. It started probably around Wednesday or Thursday but didn’t notice 2 went missing until Friday. At first we thought they escaped as it’s what usually happens when they aren’t in their house. But my dad had noticed beaks at the top of the house, with no body in sight. That’s when we realized that we had a predator but we don’t know what kind as their area is very dark at night. Yesterday evening I put the last remaining cockerel in another house we have for our other flock, closed the opening into the house so in the morning the cockerel that would sleep in it’s cage under the house wouldn’t be attacked by the other flock and locked the door that entered into the cage. Unfortunately my dad left the door open when he went to add another layer of protection for the other flock in the house ( I am still very upset about this), which let the predators have an easy way in. In the morning I went to see if they chickens were all right but my eyes caught the door that was open, next seeing one of the hens with its crest ripped off from its head in the cage (she’s still alive). The Rhode Island Red and the Plymouth Rock managed to escape but the last cockerel was dead inside the house with its insides all eaten and it’s head cut off. We are planning to to put the 2 hens and the rooster into separate boxes and put them in the shed so they won’t be attacked, but I’d really like an idea of what animal is killing them, we probably think a fox or some kind of dog but I’m not sure. I’d really appreciate it, thank you! I’ll attach any pictures if you need any clues.