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Predator problem:eating only my hens, left all the roosters

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by oregonfarmgirl, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. oregonfarmgirl

    oregonfarmgirl New Egg

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    Very bad morning here on the farm. Last week we found our two pet ducks (who sleep in the chicken coop at night) dead with what appeared to be their throats slit but they were not eaten, just feathers everywhere! Today, all five of my silkie hens are dead, heads missing and they are mostly eaten. Whatever it was left all the roosters!! Not sure why this would be since the silkie roosters are young and were not any bigger than the hens. Also, we have had our coop and flock for six years and this is the first time we've had a predator problem. We have three big dogs who sleep outside and keep pretty good patrol over our place. They were barking like crazy last night but I didn't see anythign amiss when I looked with the flashlight. My thought is, whatever the predator was, it had to be small enough to fit into a very small crack, maybe 4 inches wide at most, and had to be small enough the dogs couldn't get it. We do have almost two feet of snow on the gound now but I didn't see any tracks due to all the dog tracks around the coop. I think the dogs were trying to get whatever was eating the chickens. Coyotes and racoons have all met their demise with our dogs so I am certain it wasn't that. Any ideas what this might have been? My kids are so upset and I don't want anything to happen to the roosters. Help??!!!!
     
  2. animals1981

    animals1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    stoat something they cant catch


    or great horned owl
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2013
  3. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Weasel?
     
  4. Talihofarms

    Talihofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup......Weasel
     
  5. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll 4th that.
     
  6. oregonfarmgirl

    oregonfarmgirl New Egg

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    Ok, so how the heck do I kill/trap a weasel? What would we put in a live trap for bait? We live on a creek so I was also wondering if it might be a mink? Do they kill chickens? I am not happy. My roosters have taken to living on my back porch now and I don't have the heart to lock them back up in the coop where all their girlfriends got killed! Until we catch whatever it was and get the coop some improvements, I guess they can stay on the porch. It's hard to get much work done on the coop with all the darn snow and ice right now. If the temp would get above 20 it'd sure be nice!!
     
  7. Lone Wolf

    Lone Wolf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be a mink. If it is a weasel here is a website that could help icwdm.org/handbook/carnivor/Weasels.asp I hope you catch whatever it is [​IMG]
     
  8. wv leipers

    wv leipers Out Of The Brooder

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    SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS . I AGREE IT IS PROBABLY A MINK OR WEASEL . SET YOUR LIVE TRAP IN YOUR COOP WITH FRESH MEAT OR SARDINES IN OIL . BLOCK SIDES OFTRAP TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE ATUNNEL DRIP SOME SARDINE OIL IN FRONT OF CAGE ENTRANCE .LET ME AND EVERYONE ELSE KNOW WHAT HAPENS . GOOD LUCK ,AND IF THAT DOESN,T WORK I WLL POST WITH MORE SOLUTIONS . JESUS SAVES WV LEIPERS
     

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