They are dead! So Sad.....

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Kathryn4629, May 27, 2010.

  1. Kathryn4629

    Kathryn4629 Songster

    Mar 4, 2010
    Colbert, WA
    So my Mom forgot to lock up the girls last night while I was out of town... I bet you can guess what happened. [​IMG] I got home at about 11:00am today and went out to say hello to the girls and two out of three were dead. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    What ever killed them didn't even eat them. The heads were gone and bodies were somewhat torn up. Stepdad came over to check it out and thinks it was a cat that did it by looking at the tracks. The funny thing is the lady two doors down has about 10 wild cats she feeds. These cats are scary!!! I have seen them in the garden/chicken area before, going after are cat. What do I do? We are going to set a live trap tonight, what do I do if we catch one of the cats? Can I turn her in somewhere?

    The weird thing is that the neighbors on all 3 sides have chickens that they dont lock up at night and have had them for years. We only got chickens a few months ago, why us?

    I guess the worst part is now I have one lonley hen now. If anyone lives around the Lewiston Idaho area and has some extra laying hens, I would love to buy them off you! I am sooo sad. They all had just started laying really good to. [​IMG]
  2. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    it might have been a raccoon I have heard that is the way raccoons eat, so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
  3. Kathryn4629

    Kathryn4629 Songster

    Mar 4, 2010
    Colbert, WA
    Thank you for the kind words they are very needed right now.
  4. blueberrychickens

    blueberrychickens Songster

    May 12, 2010
    Hudson, MA
    Sorry to hear such sad news!!![​IMG] I haven't even gotten my chicks yet & I just know I'd be devastated if something like that happened. [​IMG]
    BTW....I spell my daughters name the same way as you do!
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Very sorry for your loss.
  6. Kathryn4629

    Kathryn4629 Songster

    Mar 4, 2010
    Colbert, WA
    Quote:You spell it that way because its the RIGHT way, lol.
  7. wyliefarms

    wyliefarms Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    So sorry for your loss! We have had that happen to us in the past too. We have had oppsums, raccoons, and skunks all kill our birds. All have eaten the heads off, some eat part of the bird.

    I hope that someone lives close so you can find a friend for your lonely hen. [​IMG]
  8. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing 9 Years

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    Sounds like a raccoon - if the lady is feeding wild cats, I doubt they would kill your hens - I feed wild cats and they don't kill the hens or the chicks. But a raccoon did
  9. farmgirl77

    farmgirl77 In the Brooder

    Sep 10, 2009
    [​IMG] So sad to hear about this! A fox has killed three of my hens and ate the heads off. I guess a lot of predators do this.
  10. roboboy

    roboboy Songster

    Nov 15, 2009
    Central Wisconsin
    Interesting, around here owls and other birds of prey are the most common form of predatory decapitation.

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