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Two piles of feathers and one missing altogether

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickenfarm5, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. chickenfarm5

    chickenfarm5 New Egg

    Oct 14, 2009
    Help! What would attack full grown Brahma chickens in the night/morning and leave nothing but a strewn out pile of feathers? I'm thinking Coyote or Fox. Three of my chickens disappeared yesterday afternoon as they were free-ranging. And, after searching for an hour with no sign of them, I figured they were whisked off by coyotes. But, this morning when I went looking again, I found piles of feathers around the outside of their pen and nothing else. The third is still missing altogether.

    We've defied the odds in an area full of predators for an entire spring and summer. But, as the cold sets in and food is scarce, my flock has become fair game. I know that whatever it was it will return...the question is what would do this? I really don't want to lose anymore!
  2. mikeksfarmer

    mikeksfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2008
    Bonner springs KS
    Sounds like you have Raccoons. If you lock them up at night cosider a baby monitor it will tell you when they are back. if you dont have it, get a rifle. body shot with a 22 will end it for sure but maybe not right away.
  3. Bizzybirdy

    Bizzybirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2008
    North of Nashville
    Ya, sounds like racoon(s) to me too.

    Hopefully you have a good predator proof house to lock your chickens in at night as they, racoons or any predator, have discovered easy pickin's and will come back regularly for dinners until NONE of your chickens are left. [​IMG]
  4. Bizzybirdy

    Bizzybirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2008
    North of Nashville

    Sorry your post is not a happier one.

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