What's killing our chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by nessa1579, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. nessa1579

    nessa1579 New Egg

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    Can somebody help? We've had multiple chickens come up dead, feathers all around and everything. Just last night 10 were killed, none of them were torn up though, although 2 of them were missing their legs. We do have 3 guineas as well but nothing has ever bothered them. We've seen them viciously attack out chickens but dot think it could be them killing 10 in one night. These are adult chickens too, 9 hens and 1 rooster.
     
  2. Summerlove

    Summerlove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would first off eliminate the point of entry for the predator. You can put sand around the coop so you can see any prints in the morning to get a better idea what your dealing with. Were any birds missing? If there were no birds missing it sounds like a dog to me, they will kill your birds and not eat them though the birds may be missing a leg or two.
     
  3. nessa1579

    nessa1579 New Egg

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    These are actually free range chickens, our cooped ones are never bothered. I meant to mention that :) We have dogs, but we locked out up to see if it were ours, but the one night we did there were multiple missing rather than one. Our dogs have even taught not to attack them but to defend them. It seems that the kill lasted awhile though since we will find some feathers in one spot then another and then the final pile where the chicken is found, but they are never torn up. Only a few (about 3 or 4) have been missing a leg or both.
     
  4. Summerlove

    Summerlove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Weasels, ferrets, fishers, martens, and mink etc. also kill for sport.
     
  5. nessa1579

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    We live around the Montgomery Alabama area if that helps any, too.
     
  6. Campine

    Campine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Had a weasel problem recently, it killed 6 quail in one night, chewed off their heads but only tore up one of them..
     

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