What got my chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by spraguegretchen, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. spraguegretchen

    spraguegretchen Out Of The Brooder

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    I came home in the middle of the day and found 8 chickens gone. So far I have found 3, dead in the long grass (spread out, not all together). No obvious wounds on two, the third is a little chewed on but not eaten. Still looking for the others. Ideas? Dog, Fox, something else. I free range my chickens during the day, they are 12 weeks. TIA
     
  2. Poticus

    Poticus Just Hatched

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    Sounds like coyotes. They have taken several of mine in the middle of the day. I actually shot one this morning approaching my coop. Any tracks?
     
  3. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Chewed, but not eaten? Sounds like a neighbors dog that was fed good that got loose, and killed your chickens for sport.
     
  4. spraguegretchen

    spraguegretchen Out Of The Brooder

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    not finding any tracks yet. there may be some scat, possibly fox, im trying to figure it out.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Could be dog, fox, coyote...12 weeks olds are pretty vulnerable...
    ....doesn't really matter what got em, better lock em up cause what ever it was will likely be back for more.
     
  6. two j farm

    two j farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a dog. Had one kill 30 chickens in one day. She had them all over the yard and woods. Dogs gone now!
     

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