What is likely to be be doing this?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by DaQatz, Oct 31, 2016.

  1. DaQatz

    DaQatz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2013
    Southern Maine
    Hey Byc

    I have(Had) a flock of about 40 birds who free range. They most free range in the grass right next to the barn. But a few braver chickens often lead by their rooster who range afar into the corn field. This is normally not issue, we have a lot of crows, dogs, people etc... that help deter most predators away from the area. Most of my "losses" up until now have been from neighbors cats grabbing a bantam, or someones dog getting lost and finding it's way to chicken's yard.

    However tonight when locked up the flock I was 7 chickens short. All in one day. 6 hens and one silkie rooster. They are all from the group that ranged into the corn field, and none of those that stay in the yard are gone.
    I suspect it might have been coyotes, but I don't normally see any during the day. And never close enough to grab chickens from the corn field.

    Are the coyotes coming into the field during the day? Or is there some other predator that can make off with that many uncaged birds at once that i'm not thinking of?
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich True BYC Addict

    Apr 6, 2014
    Melrose Park Illinois
    I would be inclined to think a pack of coyotes could be the culprits. Of course they will come out during day when they are hungry. This time of year food sources are dwindling, so hunger has to be met anyway it can.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Did you find any remains?

    Could have been various predators...probably canine, one or maybe more.

    Many preds will kill multiple birds in an opportunistic frenzy,
    then(if undisturbed) carry them off to cache one by one.
  4. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2016
    Mobile, AL
    Are you sure they didn't just wander off and decide to roost somewhere else??
    Something killing 7 birds would have caused quite a commotion and a lot of noise, and feathers all over.

    If they did get eaten, I vote coyotes or fox.
    Kits are starting to disperse, they tend to move into more risky areas and "thrill" kill.
  5. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2016
    Hard to say. From a distance it sounds like a pack of coyotes.

    Whatever it was, you can be certain they will be back for more and won't be long getting there.

    What is your plan to thwart them?
  6. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2016
    Mobile, AL
    That is the more important question. You need to confine your birds in a secure run. Cant keep letting them free range until you figure this out.

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