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What killed my chickies?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Goldendoodles, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. Goldendoodles

    Goldendoodles In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2009
    Tonight after everyone was inside, we did our routine head count only to come up two short. [​IMG] One was welsummer roo . The other was a pullet hatched by our first broody. My whole family went out to look and the good old dog found em first. the roo was just 20 ft. away from the coop right on the edge of the woods, his head, neck, and breast meat was gone. the pullet was about 50 ft. deep in the woods with just her head and neck missing. [​IMG] So what did this? I planned on getting rid of the welly roo in the spring, but that pullet was a real sweetie, and a beautiful little mix, BO/Speckled sussex.
    They were both 3-4 mo. Here in VA, snow is absolutely coming down and neither was covered so it probably happened around 6:00 ish. [​IMG] This is our first real loss to predators. I'm thinking it was the same bugger, he got one ate it, then got another. [​IMG] It was big enough to drag the pullet pretty deep into the woods. Is it a coon or maybe a possum? we have seen tracks around. [​IMG]

  2. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    Not sure, but I'm sorry for your loss
  3. davidb

    davidb Songster

    Dec 15, 2008
    north east Georgia
    I would say a fox,
  4. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Sounds like a coon
  5. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    My chickens used to be free-ranging and we lost quite a few to a coyote. The stupid thing keeps coming back and so we've been forced to build a pen for them. I don't know your animals as well as you do but what about the dog? I trusted my dog with them and before I knew it I had lost 5 birds, 4 silkies and a leghorn. And then even after the beating I gave him after I caught him with my duck Aladar he won't stay away from them. I know this might be completly off, and sound stupid because I don't know your dog, but in my opinion, don't trust a dog around chickens. hope this helps!
  6. Goldendoodles

    Goldendoodles In the Brooder

    Mar 16, 2009
    I don't think our dog would hurt the chickens. We leave him outside all day with them, and for the most part he completely ignores him. He's interested when i get new ones, but ignores them after a few days. That leaves a fox or coon I guess. I've seen small prints (about the size of a quarter or half dollar) with longs claws all around our creek which is just a couple hundred feet away. I'm going to be more careful about letting them out now, although I don't think they'll be out in awhile. So far we've got like a foot a snow, and it's supposed to keep going all through the night.
  7. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    I think fox.

  8. I think it was a coon.

    Foxes take everything but the feathers.
    Possums gut the bird.

  9. gsim

    gsim Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    [​IMG] Sorry to hear it. No losses here yet but am in my first year . Already several are like pets so I can imagine. I have lots of room but no time to supervise 24 chooks free-ranging, so I made an oversized run where it would be closer to free-ranging.

    Coons are notorious for being head-eaters. You can use a Havahart trap and bait with marshmallows. You will eventually catch him. but he has brothers too, and from your post, sounds like you free-range, so it can happen again. [​IMG]

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