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Our coop is very secure and locked at night!! we lost one 2 days ago and 2 last night after they were locked up for the night. Takes the head and ate the butt out. No prints in the loft or dust?? No sign of where they might be getting in either. I have a full chain link dog run outside and no holes anywhere. These are my second flock that just started to lay. My older ones are on the other side and have not been touched. first one was found with head almost ripped off, the next 2 had heads off and the butt chewed?? please help with ideas. Thanks Bonnie
skunk, opossum, or a small raccoon. Sounds like a nasty possum. Something too small to eat the entire bird, larger predators will drag the carcass away. Sorry. Good luck.
Last edited by Spicoli (08-26-2009 08:25:56)
Sorry you lost some chickens... When you say your coop is secure do you mean it is closed off from the outside pen at night?
A coon, possum or skunk can climb over top of dog kennel and a weasel can slide thru the sides.
To eliminate all possibilities here I close all my flocks up at night, no doors open to pens or runs.
Hope you catch what is out there.
I prefer the live animal traps baited with a can of tuna or cat food. Gets em every time.
And I do not relocate because that is dumping problems onto someone else!
Guess I believe in the 3 S .....
Shoot, Shovel and Shut up!
No they are totally closed up and no holes or places to get in this small barn. I mean its tight. We looked for prints in the chicken dust in the hay loft that is empty nothing. We are baffled. theres a glass slider on the side and a peditor wouldnt shut the door after so it cant be getting in there. We added more chicken wire on the inside and whats weird is the other side is my older girls and they are not touching them? We are going away today and worried we will be chickenless when we get home. I wonder if anyone has a trap close to rochester?? My daughter is taking care of them and working at the kennel till we get morning. if some one has one and could drop it off at Countrybrookkennels to borrow i could have my dad set it while we are gone and maby catch this jerk. Im right on route 11 past walmart and my website is www.countrybrookkennels.com for directions.so sad and mad Bonnie
Hey there.....I have been on the sidelines looking in and reading all the great stuff on this site since I found it several weeks ago. That's until now. I just had to join. This is exactly how a mink kills and eats. A mink can get in thru a hole the size of a quarter.....sometimes even smaller. Once they find a easy source and get the taste of the kill it will not stop. Find someone who traps in the area. Any trapper would jump at the chance to match wits. Racoons are smart, but do not hold a candle to a mink. Anyone can trap a racoon with persistance....mink .......not so much. He or she will make another hole when you find their current access point. And trust me......it has an access point. It (the Mink)must be removed from the picture. Good Luck
Last edited by Bonkers (08-27-2009 01:33:37)
I had not thought mink. Mink & weasels are not in my area. Sorry.
Last edited by spicoleye (08-27-2009 02:37:27)
Dogwoman29.......here is a link for you. Seems that weasels are very abundant in your area also. My bet is still on a mink though!!! I wished I lived closer to help you out. You're a little too much of a drive from Northern Iowa.
Last edited by Bonkers (08-27-2009 02:55:22)
Hm well we didnt lose any while gone but last night again another one got it. This one is ate in the butt but not dead yet. it will be. Hubby thinks we have mean older chickens doing it. Reason being every chicken that has died is a welsummer that is younger. I added 7 welsummers to my flock of hubbards and easters about 2 weeks ago and they seemed to join the flock fine. I have seen no nastyness except for a bit of bossiness with the older ones. There is not even a hole the size of a quarter in this coop except way up in the loft door. If a weasel was getting in that hole there would be tracks in the chicken dust on the floor>?? I am down to 3 welsummers now and so bummed as I waited a year to get these and they are due to lay this month. the older girls just started laying in july. Where can I buy a trap???Thanks Bonkers for your ideas and welcome to our site.
Ps there is a Brook right in back of the coop and a pond just feet away.I dont think another chicken could do this damage. I think its a weasel and then the other chickens pick on it after its dead or hurt. I only have 3 welsummers left so maby once hubby sees the Hubbards being killed he will beleive me.He wants to set up a camera. I said sleep in the coop with your gun grrrrrrrrr