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What carries off chickens, one at a time, and leaves no evidence?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by srsmith69, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. srsmith69

    srsmith69 Songster

    Aug 25, 2009
    I've lost probably a dozen young (20 weeks or less) dual purpose chickens over the last month. They free range during the day. Think they are disapearing at dusk, but that's just a guess. I've found no plucked feathers, no blood, no remains, I'm just short a chicken when I go out to lock them up for the night. I've seen a coyote in my yard, just not sure if they carry the birds off or eat where they catch them. We've got coons, but i've seen their handiwork (blood and feathers and dead animals just lying around) We've got possums, skunks, owls, hawks. But I don't think its them either.

  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Owls or Hawks I'd assume.

    Most others leave behind evidence. If the birds are small or young enough, there's not too much evidence.
  3. clairabean

    clairabean Songster

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    Many animals will. If the predators are worried about being caught (human noise in area) they will grab and run- even raccoons.

    Try to get them in earlier, to break this habit.
  4. groundpecker

    groundpecker Songster

    Jun 26, 2011
    Rison, Arkansas
    hawks, owls, fox, coyote, even a human
  5. SeramasLovers

    SeramasLovers In the Brooder

    Jun 1, 2011
    yikes! you got dangerous PREDATOR all around. [​IMG]
  6. LegginMF12

    LegginMF12 Songster

    May 2, 2011
    Yucca Valley
    I am having the EXACT same problem. They just magically disappear! Always find somebody missing at dusk when they go tot he coop. The one that disappeared yesterday was out there at around 4:00 or 5:00. Then went to close the coop and poof! gone.
  7. Quote:I had a bobcat one time and noticed my hens were disappearring one by one. No trace of a struggle. Finally saw him and we shot a shotgun towards but not at him. He never returned.
    Must have taken two weeks to finally see what was taking my hens.

  8. bfrancis

    bfrancis Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    Okmulgee Co, Oklahoma
    How about leaving them in their run for a few days and setting a live trap...see what happens
  9. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Songster

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ducky Land!
    I'm sorry about you're birds! [​IMG] Sounds to me like you're problem is a fox.
  10. ninabeast

    ninabeast Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    Upstate New York
    I lost one exactly that way and it was a fox.

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