There Killed !!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ilovechickens, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. ilovechickens

    ilovechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I let my small flock out this morning before I left and I came home to just tons of feathers, I lost my Cochin Rooster, 1 Cochin Hen, 1 Easter Egger, and I need to put down 1 Cochin Hen, she is missing her tail, and part of her back. I can't find tracks, but the Easter Egger was killed in the coop, and it looks like the Cochin's were killed outside. There are no bodies, just feathers. My Rooster is pictured on my "Ilovechickens" icon. I am so sad, what could of done this!!!![​IMG] I found 2 Cochin hens, and my last 2 Easter Eggers hiding in the other outbuilding. The hen that is hurt, she was just wandering around. I got them all put away. What got them?
     
  2. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    Wow, so sorry![​IMG] I hope you figure out what did this!
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] do you know what it was?
     
  4. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    If it took the bodies it's probably a fox or coyote/dog/feral dog type animal. So sorry, we lost a couple batches of chickens the same way when the lady fox built her den in the ditch close to our house.
     
  5. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    Sorry about your chickens! What kind of run were they in? Did you find a hole in the fencing? Or tracks?
     
  6. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hen with the badly injured back might survive as long as it is a flesh wound. Did you put her down yet?
    So sorry about your loss. It is such a horrible thing to come home too.
     
  7. charmed one

    charmed one Show Me State Gal

    I am so sorry about your babies. What an awful site to come home to. I hope you find the culprit soon. Here's a big hug for you [​IMG]
     
  8. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Don`t that frost your gizzard. Sounds like a pack of coyotes or dogs. Had to be more than one and big enough to carry them away. If they come back, and chances are they will, PM me and I`ll tell you a secret about such things from my vast wealth of experience. They shouldn`t come back for a couple days as they have now had a big meal. Sorry for your loss. Been there more times than I can remember.
     
  9. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    your injured hen may have a chance to survive if you bring her in, treat her w/ topical and maybe oral/inj. antibiotics. They're amazing creatures. So sorry for your losses; I hope you're able to predator-proof your run. [​IMG]
     
  10. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no, I am sooo sorry. Definately a predator. Probably not dogs. they kill for fun and the bodies would have been there. Something like a coyote, bobcat, etc. I hope you can figure out what it was so you can prevent it in the future. Again, so sorry.
     

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