What predator leaves just guts near coop?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mom2landj, Dec 23, 2015.

  1. mom2landj

    mom2landj Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2013
    Our flock is free range. We didn't close the coop a couple nights and in the morning while it was still dark they were outside and there was a bit of a ruckus. It's possible something got to them when they went out in the morning or even maybe got into the coop at night. Either way what we found left was just guts near the coop and the chickens hiding. Needless to say we've made sure to lock them up at night and not let them out till later in the morning. Just wondering what we're dealing with. Any ideas?
  2. hayley3

    hayley3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2007
    Southern Indiana
    Since most wild animals eat the guts that's a tricky one but as someone else said, animals don't read the books and don't always follow what they are "supposed" to do. Did you find a pile of feathers also or just guts? Was it only one chicken that was killed?
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    If you went out soon after hearing the ruckus, you probably spooked it off.
    If rest of carcass was gone it was something big enough to carry it off..fox, coyote, maybe coon.

    Look around for more signs.......but regardless of what it was, best keep things locked up from well before dusk and well after dawn, cause whatever it was, it'll be back for more food.

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