What got my Sylkie?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by aquafuzz, May 9, 2011.

  1. aquafuzz

    aquafuzz New Egg

    May 27, 2010
    Hello everyone. Just getting started with chickens and we brought home 3 two month old black sylkie chicks and placed them in their coop for their first night. Then next morning one was in the yard and one was still in the coop and one was missing. After checking the coop I found two holes in the chicken wire at ground level, one leading in and the other leading out. The sizes of the holes were about 6" long and 3" tall, flat on the bottom and domed on top. There was no sign of a struggle, no feathers or anything. So my question is what the heck got in? I since wrapped the lower half with hardware mesh and nothing has been back. I was told raccoon or possum or even fox but without a sign of a kill I’m stumped.
  2. stellacat

    stellacat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2011
    Not sure, maybe a rat? P.S. sylkie is spelled silkie, even though I like how you spelled it![​IMG]
    Last edited: May 9, 2011
  3. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Maine, USA
    I am sorry for your loss [​IMG]

    Honestly it could be a number of things. First of all chicken wire is designed to keep chickens in, not keep predators out, so any number of animals could have ripped it open and made off with a chicken. At first I was thinking coon - but they normally leave their kill. Were their any tracks nearby?

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