Some of my girls are gone! Saw the evil one!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Cats Critters, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    Something (I'm thinking a coon) broke into my coop and there is a large amount of feathers and a whole in the wall. I need to get a good head count but the following girls are know to be missing

    My favorite BA/EE:
    One of my white leghorns

    and the one who makes me the most sad is my my Beautiful girl KD is missing [​IMG]

    I'll be setting a havaheart trap to try to catch the killer and the wall is temporally patched inside and out for tonight. Also I'll be adding to the list as I figure out who is missing.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2010
  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens


    And I hope you catch the offender soon [​IMG]
  3. aduplantis

    aduplantis Out Of The Brooder

    May 25, 2010
    AWE !! This is so SAD!! I read alot on BYC about predators and I always count my chickens. I'm sure one day I will have a run in with a predator. I will cry like a baby too. I raise rabbits and three pitbulls came in my yard and bit through my cages killing three of my rabbits. I called the police and Animal control and the owners had to pay for everything. It still made me sad because I was breeding at the time.
  4. NanoByte

    NanoByte Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 11, 2010
    its really sad that chickens are wasted like this.
  5. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    The head count shows 6 girls missing [​IMG] and the weird thing is one of my EE girls who looked fine and safe is now missing, too making a total of 7 missing and with both KD and Big Mama missing all my original EE girls are now gone [​IMG] But I need to figure out who I lost.

    The ones I have a know safe head count on is 23 hens, 9 roosters:
    Chipmunk (my original EE roo)
    Red (chipmunk's son)
    Both BA girls
    Both RIR girls (Fred and George)
    All 5 CM girls
    Black BA/EE
    Black and Red BA/EE
    Both WL/EE girls
    Both BR girls
    One of the WL (not sure if it is Betty or Vanna)
    Grey (EE girl, thought to be KD's daughter)
    I know some of my White, White and black EEs are safe
    Some of my BR/EEs
    and of course all 7 of my extra roosters who are living in the pen
  6. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2010
    Cabot, AR
    I am constantly counting! 6 Buff O's, 6 RIR's. They free range all day and only go in the run at night, so I count, count, count, every time I go outside on my days off, and of course at night when I close the run! I have learned not to have a 'come apart' when I come up short, somebody is behind a tree or under the truck or in the horse pasture, or under shrubs...and so far...everyone always have turned up. So sorry for your losses! I surely hope you catch the predator that got into your coop.
  7. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    Thanks to everyone for their support [​IMG] and do you know the most horribly ironic part I was planning on selling 7 hens [​IMG] but not most of the girls I lost. [​IMG]
  8. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    My mom called me out to the kitchen because the chickens are squawking, run out there and there is a raccoon in the coop [​IMG] all the chickens even my stubborn broodies where out of the coop and screaming. The raccoon spotting me runs right at me (only way out) and runs into the woods. I'm guessing that it is young and staving because it was eating the chicken feed. Found my havaheart trap and remembered it needs fixed before I can set it. And if I catch it, it will be killed because I'm not dumping my problem on anyone else.
  9. Chick-N-Antics

    Chick-N-Antics Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2008
    Olivet, MI USA
    I just dispatched a momma coon last night and three of her four babies. I set a live-trap and lured her in with cat food. Oddly enough she wasn't taking the bait last night and I ended up wounding a large male instead. I couldn't get another shot quick enough so I still have him to deal with. But, momma came around again about 4am and I shot her with a single shot .22 Then all her babies came out and it just couldn't be helped; they were all pretty close to going out on their own. First time I have EVER had to do this. My husband is an over the road truck driver and I have 20 hens to protect all by myself. I fee your pain! I didn't know I had that many coons out there!!! Best of luck to you...[​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2010
  10. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    Quote:Thanks, It looks like I lost 2 girls that I couldn't get out of trees the last couple nights [​IMG] (they are afraid of the coop, because of the attack) so I'm climbing up to night to get the last my baby broody as I call her. It also looks like I lost Romeo one of my males who was up for free/sale.
    So I'm down to 21 hens, 8 roosters. [​IMG]

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