SAD, hello and goodbye?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lizzielou76, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. lizzielou76

    lizzielou76 New Egg

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    Yesterday I joined this forum...today something ripped the front off my coop and killed my new babies, it also had a go at the rabbit cage and killed one of those :(
     
  2. CosmoTheRooster

    CosmoTheRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sorry for your loss. We need more details to tell you what it was though, such as:

    • Location(state)
    • Coop structure
    • Remains of your little guys

    I know it sounds bad, but that could tell us what it was so you can prevent this next time.

    -Cosmo
     
  3. lizzielou76

    lizzielou76 New Egg

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    I am in northern UK. I think it was a fox, killed 3 chickens and ate one. Killed the rabbit and left it. This was done late afternoon/early evening.
     
  4. CosmoTheRooster

    CosmoTheRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Being in the USA I couldn't say much, but I would think a fox would grab one and run back to its den.

    -Cosmo
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Fox will kill multiples quickly eat and / or drag them off one at a time. Might have gotten scared off before it could retrieve all it's bounty.
     
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    20736 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am really sorry for your loss. Especially chicks, I know you were just getting to know them all..
    Don't be discouraged. Try again. Make a stronger cage. Put hair from the barber shop around your pen. Don't give up.
     
  7. CosmoTheRooster

    CosmoTheRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Very true, but if raccoons are native in the UK(not sure), that sounds like the work of a raccoon.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I don't think they have raccoons in the UK.
     
  9. Teery

    Teery Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not sure if the UK has them yet..This is from wiki

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    Distribution outside North America

    As a result of escapes and deliberate introductions in the mid-20th century, the raccoon is now distributed in several European and Asian countries. Sightings have occurred in all the countries bordering Germany, which hosts the largest population outside of North America.[140] Another stable population exists in northern France, where several pet raccoons were released by members of the U.S. Air Force near the Laon-Couvron Air Base in 1966.[141] About 1,240 animals were released in nine regions of the former Soviet Union between 1936 and 1958 for the purpose of establishing a population to be hunted for their fur. Two of these introductions were successful: one in the south of Belarus between 1954 and 1958, and another in Azerbaijan between 1941 and 1957. With a seasonal harvest of between 1,000 and 1,500 animals, in 1974 the estimated size of the population distributed in the Caucasus region was around 20,000 animals and the density was four animals per square kilometer (10 animals per square mile).[142] In Japan, up to 1,500 raccoons were imported as pets each year after the success of the anime series Rascal the Raccoon (1977). In 2004, the descendants of discarded or escaped animals lived in 42 of 47 prefectures
     
  10. patvetzal

    patvetzal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you find something ripped apart then it was probably a raccoon or badger....A fox will grab and run.
     

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