Something is attacking my Isa Brown hens at night

Kelpiedog

Hatching
8 Years
Jun 4, 2011
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Melbourne
Hi,
This is my first post here.
I have lost four of my Isa Brown hens in the last four weeks, I am finding blood in my coop in the morning and when I inspect my hens I find blood usually under the wing.
One hen is targeted at a time over several nights until it is dead, then they move on to the next victim.
I have had a lot of mice lately and have killed forty or so using the plastic bottle on a wire over a bucket of water (check it out on you tube, it works).
I have not seen any sign of rats but I think they may be the culprit.
Has anyone ever heard of mice doing this kind of damage to chickens ?
 

gertiie

Songster
8 Years
Apr 18, 2011
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Warsaw, Indiana
My first thought was the other chickens attacking each other but then you said over several nights, if it was the chickens I would think they would attack each other during the day too .
I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine what you are going though
How many chickens are left ?
 

Backyard Hencam

Crowing
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Apr 27, 2009
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California Central Coast
It sounds like rats may be getting into your coop. They have a habit of picking away at the weakest until they can finish them off. If you search this site on rats, it may be helpful to you. Best of luck!
 

Kelpiedog

Hatching
8 Years
Jun 4, 2011
7
0
7
Melbourne
Thanks for the reply everyone,
I am down to my last hen and a rooster, I now suspect my rooster, last night I moved the pair to my shed and in the morning my hen was bleeding, there was already fresh blood present at 6:30 last night when I moved them.
The rooster is the only one that has never been attacked.
They definately do not fight during the day, they have a large coop with plenty of room.
Perhaps my rooster has decided he would prefer to sleep alone.
 

JPHorvath

Chirping
9 Years
Jul 25, 2010
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Quote:I have searched for this with Google can't seem to find this trap you are referring to. Could you kindly post the link to the video? Think I found something that maybe similar using beer can.
 

JPHorvath

Chirping
9 Years
Jul 25, 2010
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Northern Chester County, PA
Quote:If it were the Rooster his head would be covered in blood. I think it is a Rat! I have never heard of a Rooster killing off hens. My guess is the rooster has been fending off the assailant.
 

Kelpiedog

Hatching
8 Years
Jun 4, 2011
7
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7
Melbourne
Tonight I have seperated the hen, so I will check it in the morning.
As for the mouse trap, you can use a plastic bottle or a can.
I use the bottle because it has a groove in it to place the peanut butter.
 

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