What got my chickens **GRAPHIC**

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by homestead 101, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. homestead 101

    homestead 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found the feet, some guts and feathers every where. I am thinking it was a smaller animal.
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  2. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are the usual suspects where you live? That's really destructive behavior, less about feeding than just killing.
     
  3. homestead 101

    homestead 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have everything,
    Raccoons
    Possums
    Coyotes
    Hawks
    And every thing else
     
  4. hinlock

    hinlock Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm so new but did this happen during the night I guess?
     
  5. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would lean towards the raccoon/possum. Do you know how they got in? A moment like this is tragic, but also an opportunity to fortify your coop and run.
     
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  6. homestead 101

    homestead 101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was only a small hole in the chicken wire
     
  7. chickenparot

    chickenparot Out Of The Brooder

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    It looks like it could be a coyote to me. Had that before. I did notice that your fencing was pretty loose near the bottom stud. I always put a smaller and tighter, usually 1/2 x 1/2" fence over my chicken wire. That makes it harder for predators to get my babies. Hope this has been helpful to you. You can get that tighter fencing at most home improvement centers. Another trick is to bury 6-12 inches of the smaller stuff underground, and let the rest go up the side of the chicken coop. That way, the diggers will be deterred. Hope this has been helpful. I'm sorry for your loss.
     
  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree that it was something smaller than a coyote. In my experience, a coyote is more of a snatch and go predator. My first recommendation would be to secure that run. Reinforce the chicken wire (which, as you have unfortunately found out, keeps chickens in but does not keep predators out) with some welded wire.
     
  9. kconley

    kconley Just Hatched

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    Coyotes and foxes tend to take their prey. Hawks too. My guess would be raccoon or possum. It doesn't look like a domestic dog would be able to get in there. Set a trap.
     
  10. rhino1

    rhino1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Raccoons will pul, them apart thru the wire if that's all they can grab.
     

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