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Two hens dead, torn up, no sign of invader

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by horstuff, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. horstuff

    horstuff Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 26, 2013
    This morning I found two of my 5 hens mangled, the other three seem fine. There were feathers all over from them ( they were black sexlinks, large) along with feathers from the sole barred rock (also a large chicken). There are NO indications of a breah in the run... It's a 10 x 10 chain link kennel with 24" hardware cloth securely fastened along all of the bottom perimeter. Thier bodies wer not near the door. The pen also has a full nylon shade cover securely attached.

    Could the two sex links and the barred rock have fought and the barred rock won? There were no other color feathers from the remaining two chickens ( a buff Orpington and a calico, not sure of breed. My girlfriend picked them out, they're her babies, and I cleaned it all up as best I could while she's still asleep. She's going to be very sad).

  2. horstuff

    horstuff Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 26, 2013
    It should read no indications of a BREACH in the run, typo.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Weasel can get thru chainlink itself.....there are usually gaps between panels big enough in a chainlink kennel that a coon could get thru too.
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 25, 2012
    It sounds like something squeezed in or through the wire, or maybe at the doorway between the door and the gate frame, or even at the top between the chain link and the shade netting.

    netting will only keeps things like hawks out and only then if the hawk doesn't care a whole heck of a lot about getting in.

    the one thing that I am sure of is that the 3 chickens that you mentioned didn't do this to each other. A peck fight like you are suspecting will leave both birds heads scalped, bloody, and swollen.

    Look up raccoon tracks on the web and see if you can identify any at the crime scene.

    Was anything eaten? What part of the country?

    Good luck!
  5. horstuff

    horstuff Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 26, 2013
    It looked like part of the intestines were eaten, but there was plenty left also. I'm in the Seattle area, but about 30 miles east, up against the mountain foothills. I've never even seen a raccoon out here, but I used to see lots of them when I lived in the city.

  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Quote: That sounds like a Possum

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