What predator is this? (graphic)

benthere-donethat

In the Brooder
8 Years
Feb 8, 2011
21
0
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Hi everyone. I lost six chicks last week - I have two Catawba Coops - something dug under the pen and took them in the night after I forgot to lock them up. I assumed it was a fox or coyote since it ate 6 chicks (about a month old) and left no trail.

Last night, I lost eight more. This time, the predator opened the latch that holds the door closed. 3 are completely missing. The other 5 are laying around the pen with their throats and stomachs torn. Sorry to be graphic: their heads are not missing, just their crops. And their entrails are strung out... I know that raccoons often take the heads, but what about stomachs?

Thanks...
 
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bryan99705

Songster
8 Years
May 16, 2011
1,470
12
131
North Pole, Alaska 99705
Yep, coon or possum. Replace the latch with one a little more complicated and consider a permimeter ringed with electric fence. The coon will hit it and have Phyliss Diller hair!
 

Spud Chicken

Songster
8 Years
May 26, 2011
115
3
116
Idaho
Coon sounds like the culprit. You may consider calling your local animal control they might let you barrow live animal traps so you can catch the culprit, and have him relocated or disposed of.
 

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