Something pulled off my chicken's head!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by prescottchicken, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. prescottchicken

    prescottchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Raccoon?
    We have a coop with a 30" (i think) high brick wall. The upper part of the coop was welded wire. I found my hen headless next to the wall with evidence of a struggle and the wire was bent. So: something reached in and pulled her head off! So sad. So I put up hardware cloth and they now have a fortress. We live in town but on 1.5 acres of brush and have a lot of wildlife. I had been letting my chickens out during the day but two of them were eaten by coyotes. So now they are stuck in the run[​IMG]

    . I have 2 questions:
    1. Do you all think it was a raccoon or could something else have done it?
    2. Is there a way to let the girls out while keeping them somewhat safe?
    We live in Prescott AZ, high desert btw

    Thanks[​IMG]
     
  2. WindStep

    WindStep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2014
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    Build a sterdy coop run! were they can come out in.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Most likely a raccoon. They can climb anything, very nimble and as strong as a bear.

    You could consider electric fencing for ground predators and poultry netting for hawks. A rooster can protect from some daytime predators or a good LG dog.
     
  4. WindStep

    WindStep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2014
    At ChickenCanoe good idea all but the dog.
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    True. The dog would have to be trained from an early age and from a livestock guard breed.
    Or the OP could build a larger pen for the chickens and keep the dog on the outside.
     
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