Predator Problem

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by emmaleejean, Jun 27, 2016.

  1. emmaleejean

    emmaleejean Just Hatched

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    Hey everyone I have a question I hope someone can help! Last night something got into our coop and killed almost all of the birds that couldn't roost up high yet, it ate the guts out of our mama hen, ate her new chick, carried off one of our young ducks and just ate the legs off of another young duck and two older chicks. Does anyone know what kind of animal would just eat the legs off and leave them there? We're trying to figure out what we're dealing with and any input/advice is very much appreciated!
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. emmaleejean

    emmaleejean Just Hatched

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    Thank you! I looked on there but it didn't say anything about which animal would be just biting their legs off but I'm thinking a fox or a coon. We're going to set a trap tonight and see how it goes
     
  4. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    well only some predators eat guts so that might help
     
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  5. MamaBigMouth

    MamaBigMouth Out Of The Brooder

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    Good Luck, I hope you get 'em!
    This morning I found ONLY the feet and lots of feathers : (
    I'm thinking raccoons. This is war!
     
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  6. emmaleejean

    emmaleejean Just Hatched

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    It was a raccoon he set the trap off and wasn't able to get in that was so I'm pretty sure he climbed the fence and got in and he ended up getting our rooster and injuring one of the hens but my husband got home just in time and got him before he could escape
     
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  7. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    I feel that you are dealing with both a possum and a raccoon. Evisceration is the definite MO of a possum. You likely have multiple predators praying on you flock.
     
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  8. MamaBigMouth

    MamaBigMouth Out Of The Brooder

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    So glad you gottem! Big points for us good guys :)
     
  9. kris13

    kris13 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ugh, hate reading predator threads. Ours have only been in their coop a few days now, and I'm still too scared to go check them in the morning, I make DH do it. (He swears it's well shored up, but still.....)
     
  10. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    Coops and runs can't be too secure! Plan for weasels, rats, maybe snakes. Raccoons with clever little hands, and 100 lb. hungry dogs. Bears? Digging under, climbing or flying in. Chicken is on everyone's menu! Mary
     

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