something killed all my chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jakec, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. jakec

    jakec Out Of The Brooder

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    i had 3 roosters and one hen get killed mon night. i went and got 10 more chickens ( mostly full grown bantams) and they all got killed last night. the coop is a foot off the ground and has 2 in mesh chicken wire on it. there is two holes about 6 in high by 10 in long on each side of the coop. i have a domestic cat and a chihuahua that have been around the chickens and never tried to get them. what do yall think it could be? i checked on them at midnight and they were fine but when i got up at 5 they were all dead or missing.
     
  2. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    Raccoon, possum, skunk, weasel - anything could have gotten in with such large holes in the sides of the coop.

    Sorry for your loss, but before you get any more chickens, maybe you should revise your coop to make it safer.
     
  3. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    Chicken wire will do your chickens in every time.Like someone says it is good to keep the chickens in,but not the predators out.Coons are VERY strong. Sorry for your loss.I would redo the coop with metal wired fencing with VERY small gaps.A coon will put a head or leg out of the fencing gaps and eat it.

    Sorry for your loss!
     
  4. GA_in_GA

    GA_in_GA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1/2" hardware cloth, while a bit pricey, will keep out most predators. There are quite a few threads on building safer coops and runs.
     
  5. jakec

    jakec Out Of The Brooder

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    the holes in the coop are from whatever got them it was new chicken wire. i got a roll of welded wire fence that looks a whole lot tougher so maybe that will do it. im gonna sit out tonight with a rifle and get whatever comes back for my chickens. i think it might be a coon ive been told they will pull the chickens head out the wire and kill them and 3 of them were like that. it just sucks those were some cool ckickens.`
     
  6. ReikiStar

    ReikiStar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Sorry to hear about all those chickens. How large are the holes in your welded fire fencing? Anything larger than a 1/2" and a raccoon can and WILL pull pieces of your chicken through it -- as you've already seen. They will eat whatever they can grab and they are very strong and dexterous. If your welded wire isn't small enough...spend the bucks and get hardware cloth. If it were your life on the line, wouldn't you want someone to do all they could to protect it?
     
  7. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wire no larger than 1/2 inch, and well-secured, is the way to go.
    You might kill a predator tonight but until your coop is really secure, it will be an ongoing problem.
    Good luck fortifying your coop. [​IMG]
     
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  8. ChickenSnake

    ChickenSnake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sorry to hear about all those chickens. How large are the holes in your welded fire fencing? Anything larger than a 1/2" and a raccoon can and WILL pull pieces of your chicken through it -- as you've already seen. They will eat whatever they can grab and they are very strong and dexterous. If your welded wire isn't small enough...spend the bucks and get hardware cloth. If it were your life on the line, wouldn't you want someone to do all they could to protect it?

    -nods enthusiastically-
     
  9. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    there is two holes about 6 in high by 10 in long on each side of the coop.

    I've seen my 100 lb Maremma squeeze through holes not much bigger than that.
    Most likely your problem is a coon​
     
  10. jakec

    jakec Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for all the help. im raising it off the ground a few more feet and putting 1/2 in hardware cloth on the whole thing like yall said. then ill be looking for more chickens.
     

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