What kind of predator leaves no trace? 30 chickens gone...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by TinyLittleFarm, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. TinyLittleFarm

    TinyLittleFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A friend of mine and her next door neighbor lost 30 chickens in one night. I am not sure how secure their coops are, but I do know they have not had previous trouble with losses. Most of the chickens were chicks that I think were about 2 months old. The birds simply disappeared. There is no sign of a break in. No feathers, no blood...nothing. They have searched and searched acres around their homes. They are both sad and frustrated of course.

    Can anyone think of something that would/could do this?
     
  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    A human predator would be my first guess.
     
  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    It does sound intriging, 30 is alot so I wonder if it's more 1 preditor. I lost 11 in one day 3 years ago and after a minor adjustment haven't lost one since. It hurts a bunch and makes you mad.
     
  4. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    Thirty birds without a trace would certainly suggest a ten fingered predator to me as well.
     
  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:Good point I didn't think of that, very possible.
     
  6. Mark & Nique

    Mark & Nique Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there any evidence around the coops? For instance, footprints or pawprints in the dirt/mud? A latch left undone?

    I would get inside the coop, get down to chicken level and peer about. Could there be a small opening allowing a predator to come in or the chickens to get out?
     
  7. TinyLittleFarm

    TinyLittleFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I had two details wrong. One, all the chickens were out. The neighbor's chickens were free ranging, and my friend's chicks escaped under a gap in the door. It was during the day. There were also some chickens who survived and are safe at home. I thought probably something scared them into the woods and they just hid and freaked out, but as I said both women have searched and searched.

    My friend doesn't think it was a person because taking that many chickens would take a bit of doing and while they both have small acreage, they live in a neighborhood and you'd think someone would see something.

    Even though the chickens were all out, that's a lot of birds to lose in one day without a trace.
     
  8. Mark & Nique

    Mark & Nique Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the area wooded with low hanging branches? If so, it would be easy for them to flap onto a branch and into a tree. Also, they could easily hide, thinking that you are a predator.
     

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