The hardest part is not knowing

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ChickenNewbie5, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. ChickenNewbie5

    ChickenNewbie5 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have lost 2 chickens today. My silkie pair [​IMG]
    The coop was a room in the barn. We've had these guys for awhile and it seemed secure. ALL the doors were shut and locked. I cannot figure out where in the world what ever it is got in. I thought all the boards were replaced and gaps were filled. My 22 chicks were secure in a different pen and the dog was chained all night. I know it wasn't her. THe ducks shared part of the pen, but they didn't come home last night. They came home this am (where DO those ducks go? lol) so they are fine too.

    So my 12 year old is the first one out to the animals today. She played with the dog for awhile and then the 2 of them went to say good morning to the other animals. She said when she got out there everything looked normal. No open doors, no broken boards nothing unusual. She opened the door and started to say good morning and found them. Feathers everywhere. 2 dead chickens. Bodies intact but chest ripped open. Legs intact and heads too. whatever it was just left them, they didn't take it with them. Of course now I can't put anything else in there, so I have no idea where to put my ducks tonight. With the chicks??

    Thanks for listening. Its hard losing animals. New coop will be done soon!!
     
  2. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    Quote:Oh, that's awful. So sorry your 12 year old had to walk in on that. It's never easy to lose a pet, particularly to a predator. [​IMG]
     
  3. chick4chicks

    chick4chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I am so sorry that something killed your silkie pair. That is awful that your daughter found this mess. Hope you get the predator.
     
  4. FarmrGirl

    FarmrGirl MooseMistress

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    Wow! I'm so sorry to hear that.

    Sounds like a racoon or maybe a opossum. Raccons are soooo clever at getting in and they're capable of tearing a hole in chicken wire. Do you have a large dog kennel or doghouse you can stuff the ducks into for the night?

    You may be able to diagnose the predation at one of these sites:

    http://merrittpoultry.wordpress.com/...dentification/
    http://icwdm.org/inspection/Livestock.aspx
    http://www.raising-chickens.org/chicken-predators.html
    http://www.welphatchery.com/predator_diagnosis.asp
     

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