What is eating my hens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by nrouin, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. nrouin

    nrouin Hatching

    Nov 25, 2013
    I'm Nas, I wish my introduction could be on a happier note, but am in need of any advice right now.

    We have lost 3 of our birds in a week. Our first rooster (Silkie)was rescued as he was being dragged by opossums. However, he died soon after. Soon after, we captured 4 opossums and one cat. Today I found my rooster ( Polish)dead in the coop, bloody but head intact. Does not look like he was eaten either. However, the second polish hen completely disappeared. I put both inside the coop last night but lost both today. Please note the following about the coop. Any information provided will helpful.
    1. The coop is built 3-4 feet above the ground.
    2. The coop plus the run is enclosed with deer resistant wire from the top so birds cannot attack.
    3. From the sides it is enclosed with chicken wire plus hardware cloth.
    4. The way to enter the coop to get to the chickens is by opening the chicken gate/latches or by walking into the coop via a door. One can call it a walk in coop.

    I am assuming it was a opposum or a raccoon but are the strong enough to carry their prey? Our hen's feathers were found behind the fence of our house about 8-10 feet away. So, the predator would have had to drag the hen down the coop, then completely out of the coop and then over the fence. We made sure there was no way for the hens to be dragged between the fence and outside.

    No paw prints/tracks as it has been raining here in Austin, Tx for a few days and all evidence has been washed away.

    We have not caught anything in the cage since yesterday.

    Thanks for all your help.

    My husband just went out and saw the staples holding the net at the top to keep birds out have been ripped out. So, I am assuming it is a opossum or raccoon?

  2. chickyfuzz

    chickyfuzz Chirping

    Oct 6, 2013
    Could be a fox or snake because they could get in if you don't have a cement floor.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Yep...probably raccoon.

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