What took 9 chickens during the day?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by vicki, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. vicki

    vicki New Egg

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    My friend lost 9 chickens yesterday. They dissapeared with some feathers strewn about. One came back with a 3-4" oval area of skin missing below it's wing. She lives at the end of a cul-de-sac backed by state forest. What could have taken 9 chickens? Also, she just added roosters to her flock and there is a lot more noise. She wandered if this is attracting a preditor. Any input is appreciated.
     
  2. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Well, that's a common fox M.O. Doubtful the roos called whatever it was in, probably coincidence. Does she let them free range?
     
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Dog or fox or other canine (coyote)
     
  4. vicki

    vicki New Egg

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    Thankyou for your replies. They found the carcusses in the woods. We think it had to be a pack of something to take 9 at once. We're afraid to let our chix free range now.
     
  5. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
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    Chances are it was a dog. A fox tends to bury it's kills for food later whereas a dog doesn't kill for food usually...

    sorry.....
     
  6. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Were the bodies all located in a fairly well defined area, pretty much all together within fifteen ft., or so?

    If so, the pred was likely a fox; they usually `cache'/eat at a `safe' location. They will sometimes bury their prey under leaves or, in winter, snow.

    If the bodies were spread out and dismembered and uneaten (chewed a bit), then dogs?

    Foxes will work in tandem (pair) and can remove thirteen chooks from a yard in fifteen minutes and leave nothing but a few feathers (neighbor's SLW pullets last summer - I found the caches - two distinct areas under a couple of cedars and could count the chooks taken by the piles of nothing but feathers - and, later, the foxes).

    Keep `em safe and good luck!
     
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