What got my chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Tlco, May 22, 2019.

  1. Tlco

    Tlco Songster

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    Lasr night i heard a ruckus on top of my chcicken house. Went out to find a raccoon in the run. Chased him out, climbed the inside of the hardwear cloth wall and out thru a small place in the roof that was not securely nailed down. Checked to make sure all chickens were ok, think i was missing one but due to dark was not sure. Closed everybody up tight went to bed. This morn found rooster in the run area and the one chicken i thought was gone was noplace to be seen. Found a very small place where something had dug into the main house. There is no sign of the missing chicken. So what got my chicken. Also, one of the fake eggs was gone.
     
  2. Henry&Friends

    Henry&Friends Chirping

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    Could be that the raccoon came back after you chased it off and nabbed a hen, is there any injuries on the rooster?
     
  3. BarnhartChickens98

    BarnhartChickens98 Crowing

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    I would say that the raccoon came back for more.
     
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  4. So from your description it sound like your coop is flourless and has no barrier around it. I dug a trench around my coop and attached hardware cloth going down a foot and out a foot. L shape. This stops all diggers.
    It does sound like the con came back and found another way in. They can be caught in a have a heart trap. But fixing your coop is a permanent fix.
     
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  5. Tlco

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    No sign of injuries on the rooster but how did he get out of the main house? I will have to check him over once it gets dark to be sure. The hen that is gone was avout 8lbs. Could that coon carry it up and back out of the hole in the roof without leaving a trail?
     
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  6. BarnhartChickens98

    BarnhartChickens98 Crowing

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    Unfortunately, yes, they are very strong and determined animals. I once had one push a big brick off a bucket lid to get the cat food inside.
     
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  7. Tlco

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    Gonna work on a temporary solution for tonight. Plan on digging down and pouring concrete down around the house as a barrier.
     
  8. BarnhartChickens98

    BarnhartChickens98 Crowing

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    Good idea, there is a good change he will be back tonight :mad:
     
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  9. Tlco

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    Spent all day putting down welders wire around the bottom of my hen house. Its temporary fix just to keep the varmints out of the house itself. The varmints can still get into the run from the roof which will be fixed as soon as I can get my handyman out here to work on the roof over the run. The coon showed up about dark. He got into the run searched for a way into the house couldn't get in. Climbed out went up a tree after the bird feeders found nothing and left. I didn't have my pistol ready so he was lucky this time. Gonna try to up load the video not sure if it will load. He was not afraid of me at all. No it wont load. He ran off back into the woods unharmed, this time.
     
  10. Tlco

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    Update...lost all my chickens but 2 last night. So, there was one corner of the house that we thought was secure and it wasn't. Lost all but 2 hens, my brother is taking the 2 survivors to his home till we can make our hen house more secure. I am just sick
     
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