what did this?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by treeclimber233, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. treeclimber233

    treeclimber233 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been losing chicks in one particular pen and none of my other pens. The bodies I find are all stretched out on their side with the feathers removed from the top. No feathers in the pen. No blood anywhere. The body has been eaten from the picky area and most intestines are removed. Except for the last body no meat has been eaten. On that body 1/2 of the breast was eaten. Needless to say the chicks in that pen are a bit jumpy. Whatever is killing them is only coming around about once a week. The pen is 1 inch x 1 inch wire. Any suggestions as to what it might be and how I can keep it from killing any more?
     
  2. antlers

    antlers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How big are the chicks? At first thought I am thinking canabalism....
     
  3. treeclimber233

    treeclimber233 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This started when they were 3-4 weeks old. They are now 12-14 weeks old. And it is always the bigger ones that are killed. At first I thought my dog was getting after them and they were stomping each other and then getting eaten after they died. But then I realized the smaller ones would be dying. But my dog cant get to them anymore so she is not guilty. Any more suggestions?
     
  4. Tricia's Triple Z

    Tricia's Triple Z Out Of The Brooder

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    Are the heads still attached? If they aren't, that might be an owl.
    maybe a weasel, they got into my rabbit cage and left just the carcass
     
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2008
  5. antlers

    antlers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If not canabilism, it beats me!
     
  6. treeclimber233

    treeclimber233 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cant be an owl. The wire is 1x1 inches on all sides, top and bottom.
     
  7. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    where are you from?,, sounds like a minx
     
  8. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Could you please describe the floor in the pen that is being victimized? I suspect you have a digger under there- member of the weasel family or a rat. I suspect you need to get under there and seal it up. PLus you really need openings no bigger than 1/2". A lot can wiggle through 1" wire. Sorry.
     
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2008
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    My guess would be rats.
     
  10. bluebirdfarm

    bluebirdfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    yewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, i hate rats ![​IMG]
     

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