Something got most of my flock today

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Circe, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Circe

    Circe In the Brooder

    Jul 2, 2011
    Griffin, GA
    We haven't had a problem in the 1+ year that we've had our hens, but today when my husband got home, 2 were dead and 1 is seriously injured (our of our 4 hens). It looks like either something nudged open the latch on the door to the boxes and got in the coop/run or someone in the family didn't latch it all the way. Regardless, something got in, broke a nesting box getting in or out, and killed 2. They have claw marks/gouges on their necks and backs, and the injured one is injured in the same places. We don't think it's our dogs b/c they don't move that well anymore, and I don't think they could get through the boxes. Does this sound like a raccoon or weasel?
  2. cortner1195

    cortner1195 Chirping

    Jun 3, 2012
    Raccoons are very dexterous. That is so sad! I am very sorry for your loss. I hope that your remaining two survive. It will be a hard winter with only one or two hens.

    My eight year old Lab got loose one afternoon, and ran all the way across the property to attack the hens. A few roughed up, and one demise. I was heartbroken. She was only being a dog. Ours are secure except in the afternoons when they get about an hour of range time. While we are home, and feeding everything else.

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