What Predator killed my flock?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Carole Hale, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Carole Hale

    Carole Hale New Egg

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    I came home this evening to lock up the coop for the night and 15 of my 16 chickens were dead. The rooster was missing some feathers and 2 hens had a couple of scratches and a little blood on their necks. All the others are completely unmarked. The hen still alive can't stand up and is in shock I think.. I've had them for years without any problems. It happened in daylight because they hadn't come inside, they are all scattered over their yard which is about 1000 square feet. Has anyone any idea about what could have happened?
     
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    I would guess that with that much damage that it was probably a neighbors dog. You made need to invest in an electric fence around the area where your chickens are.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Dogs perhaps?


    Dogs are usually the culprit to a massive killing, and it usually is indeed a scattered scene of uneaten birds.



    I am SOO sorry to hear of your loss. [​IMG]
     
  4. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    I forgot to add that I am very sorry for your loss. [​IMG]
     
  5. farmdude

    farmdude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2 Sounds like dogs. Sorry for your loss.
     
  6. OvertheHenHouse

    OvertheHenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, wow - this is awful and I'm so sorry this happened! Was there any sign of forced entry? Any indication that the run had been breached by a predator, or could a predator have reached inside? How protected is their yard? Had you seen any sign they might have been in physical distress before this happened (unusual droppings, not eating, etc.)?
    Again - I'm so sorry. What a horrible way to come home...
     
  7. Carole Hale

    Carole Hale New Egg

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    Thank you. I don' think it was a dog, The fence is still secure and there are no holes. The birds are not mutilated in any way. The rooster looked like he had been in a fight, some of his feathers are scattered. But the hens look completely normal except for the 2 with a tiny trickle of blood on their necks. That's what has me puzzled.
     
  8. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would have to agree usually a dog is the answer.. Sorry for your loss!....
     
  9. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I dont know how true it is but I was told a coyote can jump a 6 foot high fence.... thats what I was told anyway
     
  10. OvertheHenHouse

    OvertheHenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's true that a coyote can jump a 6 foot high fence. But I believe that a coyote would have killed a chicken and taken it for dinner - coyotes aren't indiscriminent killers from my experience...
     

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