What Killed My Hen?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by purplechicken7, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. purplechicken7

    purplechicken7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went to my coop this morning and found my Lavender Orp hen dead. There were signs of a struggle in the bedding of the coop. It looks like the other birds tossed up the bedding trying to escape. Other than that, there are a few blood spots on my coop door. The hen that was killed was on the floor with the skin around her neck eaten. My coop is a building converted into a chicken coop that is surrounded by a dog lot. There is a roof made specifically for dog runs on the lot and I only have one enter/exit door for my birds. Any ideas of what it was?

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  2. purplechicken7

    purplechicken7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. twinsmom6

    twinsmom6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can not see pics - small critter that got back out.. maybe a snake
     
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    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I am thinking Raccoon.....You have no cover on the run....

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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Birds were securely locked in coop...or was the pop door in coop open??

    That run is in no way secure.
     
  6. purplechicken7

    purplechicken7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We've never had an issue within the year we've owned chickens so the door stays open. I used to leave the door shut at night and open again in the morning but my dad made me leave it open. So, guess you can say I was right and dad was wrong.
     
  7. purplechicken7

    purplechicken7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whatever it was came last night and ate all the food but it didn't set the trap off.I forgot to mention I'm in North Carolina. I tapped on the lever last night that sets off the trap until it was almost touching the floor. All I had to do this morning was pick the cage up and the door shut. So, I'm thinking either a mink or a house cat.
     

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