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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ana2707, Nov 1, 2015.

  1. ana2707

    ana2707 Out Of The Brooder

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    I went out this morning to find one of my chickens missing. What kind of predator can take a chicken without any evidence left behind AND out of a fully enclosed coop and run. Makes no sense. No feathers anywhere, no blood....
     
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  2. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know, but with all the threads lately that are similar to yours, I'm beginning to think aliens, or hungry people.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    It's usually because the fully enclosed coop and run is not as secure as one thinks.

    How old was bird and pics of your coop and run would help us help you.
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    A totally safe coop is what you need, and a missing bird shows that upgrades are needed. A bear could demolish my coop, but nothing much else will get in! We all start with "it will be fine" setups, and learn the hard way that things need to be improved. It's hard on the chickens, but that seems to be how it goes. Mary
     
  5. ana2707

    ana2707 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]. [​IMG] chicken was about 8 weeks old.
     
  6. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seriously, if your coop is solid and tight, I still wouldn't rule out humans.
     
  7. Lelilamom

    Lelilamom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another chicken? We had our chickens kill at least one if not two chicks that our broody Buff wasn't minding very well. They left ZERO evidence. The only reason we figure out it was the other chickens was because we caught them do it to four more before they could devour them.
     
  8. ana2707

    ana2707 Out Of The Brooder

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    They didn't even leave any blood?
     
  9. Ringtailtwister

    Ringtailtwister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear about your loses. I've had the same problem so I started setting live traps. I've caught coons, possums, and one skunk. So it sounds like you need to put out some traps.
    Hope this is some help.[​IMG]
     
  10. Sonya9

    Sonya9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hungry humans wouldn't steal an 8 week old chick, heck if there weren't any adults in the coop they would have to steal a bunch of chicks for one meal.

    Op I would guess you have a hole/weak spot in the coop itself. If a predator had to drag the body through the chicken run there would probably be evidence.

    Do you have snakes there? 8 weeks old may be a bit too large for a snake but maybe not, snakes can get in even the tiniest of openings (though they may not always be able to get out after a meal, which is how I caught and relocated a rat snake that was eating chicks last year). Plus snakes don't leave blood or feathers behind.
     
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