What kind of predator would do this?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by MountainOrchard, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. MountainOrchard

    MountainOrchard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I woke up this morning to a bloodbath in the chicken run. I already lost 11 of my 14 hens to fox attacks this spring while free ranging so I have been keeping the remaining 3 locked up in their run. Last night/this morning something pried back the hardware cloth under the run door, dug its way in, and killed 2 chickens. One carcass was left headless in the run and the other was completely gone except for feathers and bits of bone. Of course my first thought was fox, but could a fox fit into that little opening (about 3x6")? And would it leave anything behind? Raccoon? [​IMG]
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Raccoon.
     
  3. MountainOrchard

    MountainOrchard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks ChickenCanoe! That's what I thought too... But then set up my game camera and got this!

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    I am going to try to trap it and in the meantime keeping my one remaining hen locked up!
     
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Coons are eat and run artists. Foxes or coyotes will always dine in leisure at almost any place except where they made the kill.

    I forgot to add that foxes have pups now so they will be very active in your chicken yard over the next few months.
     
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2016

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