puzzled..something attacked my chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by llxll00llxll, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. llxll00llxll

    llxll00llxll Songster

    Aug 27, 2007
    ::So Cal::
    i went out yesterday morning and found 2 of my RIR pullets deheaded and my EE hen twisted up... [​IMG] something forced its way in through the top of the chicken wire...what coulda got in... i saw an owl last night up on the power lines:/ could he be the assailent that killed 3 of my 12 chickens :mad: i went down yesterday and bought 2 more leghorns and a baby silkie..thats about 4 weeks old [​IMG] i love em.. anybody think that the owl coulda forced his way in...im not sure about a raccoon i've never seen one around here!
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2007
  2. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    I'm not sure what got your birds BUT I personally would fix the problem area before getting any new birds.

    Just because you don't see coons, don't mean that they aren't any around. I've yet to see one after living here for 6 years but they keep decimating our landlady's flocks and her farm is right behind ours.

    This might help you also...Predator ID

  3. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    I don't think an owl would have done that. Sounds more like a possum or a raccoon to me.
  4. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    I'm with Dawn on this, I'm thinking coons. Those little "hands" of theirs are amazingly strong and nimble. I don't see them during the day either, but I know they're here.

    Can you replace the chicken wire with hardware cloth?
  5. picklespickles

    picklespickles Songster

    Oct 27, 2007
    i think of owls are finishing what they started. did you get your coop fixed?
  6. peepkeeper

    peepkeeper Songster

    Jul 5, 2007
    upstate New York
    I agree that the culprit was a racoon, sounds like their MO. I would lock the chickens in their coop at night, racoon's hands are so dextrous that they can get through just about any wire you use.

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