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Woke up to a pile of feathers - what attacked my babies?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chinzilla, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. chinzilla

    chinzilla Out Of The Brooder

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    I woke up this AM to my roo going crazy. Like any good mom, I groaned, threw on some shoes, and went out to calm him down - thinking a cat simply walked by the coop, causing him to go into a fit.

    Imagine my shock when all I see is a pile of feathers and my pullet who sleeps on the ground missing a chunk of feathers from her bum with a small gash on her bum and one broken egg and one started to be broken egg.

    Pullet is okay (minus a clump of feathers, unfortunately) - she was most likely the victim as she sleeps on the ground (the other silkie climbs the ladder to the roost but she refuses to).

    We leave the coop door ajar overnight so they can get out first thing in the morning and have had zero problems in the past. Now we will definitely be closing the door at sunset and we are setting out traps. Hubby thinks it was an opossum. Any guesses?
     
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    No losses?

    I think cat... Most predators will kill chickens. Just my guess. Not sure though.
     
  3. chinzilla

    chinzilla Out Of The Brooder

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    No losses! Bo boy, our Roo, has made quite a name for himself in saving the lives of our ladies & fighting off predators.

    Do cats try to eat the eggs? It looks like part of the reason for the attack was for the eggs.
     
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Oh! Skunk! Maybe? They eat eggs and can injure chickens, but don't usually kill.
     
  5. chinzilla

    chinzilla Out Of The Brooder

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    Whatever it was, it'll probably be coming back tonight... And the hubs will be waiting for it. Took the pullet to the vet to be on the safe side & he said she'll be fine just a superficial wound.
     
  6. Orchard Farm

    Orchard Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Fox?
     
  7. Orchard Farm

    Orchard Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    or coyote?
     
  8. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    A fox would take all the birds.

    Either of those would leave a huge mess.
     

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