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Unknown Predator

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BittyBantamMom6, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. BittyBantamMom6

    BittyBantamMom6 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a flock of 7 hens and use to be 4 roos. I had gone to visit future in-laws and asked my mom to watch them. She was home all day and night. She let them out at 6 this morning and when i came home at 1 there was a lot of feathers in the coop along with a small trail of feathers leading to the edge of my fencing. My mom
     
  2. BittyBantamMom6

    BittyBantamMom6 Out Of The Brooder

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    Never heard a sound. I found my 6 youngest hens in the wrong area, one of my 3 bantam roos with a deep cut above his tail, and the second roo gone.
     
  3. BittyBantamMom6

    BittyBantamMom6 Out Of The Brooder

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    The only damage done thankfully is the injured roo and one gone. No prints, no pieces, no blood. Any one have any ideas? It is small enough it fit through a 1'X1' chicken door, and only left feathers behind. We live in West TN if that helps with Predator suggestions
     
  4. BittyBantamMom6

    BittyBantamMom6 Out Of The Brooder

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    Update to this morning. The Predator came back and tried to dig into my coop
     
  5. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps


    Awesome!!!...what kind of tracks did it leave behind? Did you photograph them?
     
  6. Cedar and Stone

    Cedar and Stone Just Hatched

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    I had a coyote grab a hen the other day, broad daylight, and there would have been only feathers left if I hadn't heard her scream and chased him off. I lost a different one with only a pile of feathers behind... guessing coyote as well, but can't ever know for sure. Sorry for the loss :(
     
  7. Yoako

    Yoako Out Of The Brooder

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    Coyote or raccoon? :hugs for you.
     
  8. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Broad daylight? I vote dog or coyote. Raccoons usually aren't so bazen in daylight.
     
  9. BittyBantamMom6

    BittyBantamMom6 Out Of The Brooder

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    The ground was too dry for any tracks. We set up live traps and left them at the dig site and between the baby and adult coops for 5 nights. We didn't catch anything and it seems to have given up for now. My guess would have to be a raccoon or fox since the coyots around me are too big to fit in the door. Any suggestions in case it comes back?
     
  10. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Coyote or fox and fox or coyote in that order. And bringing up the rear is the ever present Bobcat.
     

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