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Posted: 08/13/20 08:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Kids have some show breeds quality chickens.
For two nights something climbed into the pen, they can't dig under, and killed one each night. First night they only ate the head of the chicken. Second time it fed on the body.
Last night it killed and fed on nine chickens, and... dug up the two remains of the other chickens SIL buried away from the pen.
Daughter found them. She said the paw pad prints were large but she didn't count the toes or see if it had dew claws or extended claws.
I told SIL to have her dust the prints with lime or something and see how many toes and so forth they have.
They think it is a Bobcat with possible kittens. It may be. But can a coyote climb a chicken wire fence eat what it killed and nto take it with them and climb back out?
We have not seen any Bobcats around but we have coyotes.
And now maybe 15 years ago a Mountain Lion and cub were seen less than a hundred yards from our home. TWRA said from the cast of the prints it was a female between 150-175 lbs. Something that large would do damage to the pen?
Any ideas of what it might be and how to secure the pen? I'm not home or I would try to secure it.

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Posted: 08/13/20 08:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Predators of Poultry

This has descriptions of the kill and the likely predators for those kills.

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We have had mink, weasels, opossum, and raccoon kill ours over the years.

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No chickens and I can't speak to fencing, but the eating pattern fits what the local ermine / weasels do to rabbits and grouse. Vicious little things.

Then the hawks come and mitigate the ermine for a while....


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Fence OVER the chicken pen. Put up a wildlife camera Put up a motion detector alarm and a 12 ga device.


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When we had chickens and guineas it was minks that would eat the heads. Most minks died from lead poisoning. The vultures had a good dinner.


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We’ve been spared mink/weasel kills of our chickens. I’ve read these are difficult to keep out of a coop once they start in on chickens. Our losses have been due to foxes (7 Chickens in one killing spree) and possibly an opossum (one opossum killed by the guardian dogs and one by me). All kills have been during the day while they are free ranging; no night kills so far in their coop (in the lower part of a bank barn, old dairy parlor, with a concrete floor and the hay storage floorboards as the roof of the coop).

We’ve been seeing a new predator around our farm recently, bald eagles. The chickens will need to keep an eye to the sky for them. The guardian dogs will need to be vigilant for attacks from above during lambing season.

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jetboater454 wrote:

When we had chickens and guineas it was minks that would eat the heads. Most minks died from lead poisoning. The vultures had a good dinner.

I tend to eat just the wings.[emoticon]

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when we built the chicken coop, it was attached to a shed. When they poured the pad for the shed, they poured a rat wall that made up the coop. Hardware cloth and a roof kept chickens safe.

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Skunks tend to be the head eaters.
The pen/coup has to have both a top & bottom as well as sides .

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