Second pullet gone in a week!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by henmommy, Sep 21, 2009.

  1. henmommy

    henmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last week I discovered one of young girls missing, without a sign. Tonight, another one! I know a hawk can come quickly and go, but I did not hear any alarm from the others that a hawk was in the area. Is there anything that can grab them and take them into a hole or away with any sign of struggle?
     
  2. monathequeen

    monathequeen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it was a hawk you would probably see feathers...........it sounds like a fox, coyote, or owl.
     
  3. mamprc

    mamprc New Egg

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    [​IMG] I found all four of my young hens dead this morning in their coop. I had a "critter specialist" come look and he says it was a raccoon. It was able to lift the slant door to the coop to get inside. I will now add raccoon-proof locks. The critter specialist is setting humane traps and will relocate the killer raccoon, though I would like to make a coat out of him....
     
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  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Quote:Hopefully, the "critter specialist" is able to legally relocate the predator and in such a way that it's not going to be a problem for someone else, upset the balance of predators where he is taking it or spread disease. Relocation of wild animals is illegal in most places.
     
  5. mikeksfarmer

    mikeksfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Horsejody is one of the most experienced people on here. She really knows her stuff. Please liston to what she says! There is no shortage of raccons any where in this world. After death there is no stress to another place weather they be raccoons or poultry.
     
  6. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    My trapper guy says here in Florida it's a $10,000 fine if he relocates a coon. They have to be euthanized.
     
  7. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
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    I have lost one rooster (went first) and two hens across three weeks now. I'd gone almost two years without anyhting happening. Now I'm losing one a week.

    I generally let them out of the coop & run to range all afternoon & evening, and they come back into the coop themselves at dusk. I suspect it's a fox, and am pretty sure it's happening in the evening.

    I'm not letting them out to range right now, until I figure out how to handle this. My run is VERY secure, and I know it's happening when they are out in the yard. I have 10 acres, some of it bordered by fields. If it were a hawk, I think I would have heard it.

    How do you take care of a fox? I rarely see them, once in a while by surprise when I am in the car.
     
  8. Wanda

    Wanda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of locks are raccoon-proof?

    Wanda
     
  9. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:Padlocks
     

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