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What is murdering our chickens?

By Loose Brown - 30 April 2011 24

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I am hoping RiotAct readers can help with our poultry problem. My wife and I live in Dickson and we have a backyard chicken coop. We have never had a problem until our last batch of three Isa Brown chickens came of age and we replaced them with some Chinese Silkies. These fluffy white chickens were pretty stupid but looked lovely and our three year old daughter loved them. Some nights we would leave them outside the coop until one morning we woke to discover that something had attacked them, taken one and pulled the heads off the others!

It was all very sad but we got over it and purchased two new Isa Brown pullets late last year who were doing fine and we left them in the coop all the time, unless we were at home gardening or something.

Anyway, this morning I got up to discover that there had been a massive fight in the chicken coop and both of them were lying there, once again with their heads pulled off.

If it was a fox wouldn’t it have eaten the whole chicken? Could it be a cat? We’ve seen cats in our backyard but they tend to hand around the compost, knocking off rats and mice.

Internet forums suggest it could be a racoon, badger or mink but I think we’re pretty safe from those in Dicko. Has anyone heard of possums coming over all homicidal?


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speckledhen 7:53 pm 02 May 11

How sad 🙁 Especially for your little person. You have all the good suggestions on here, and yep – I’d say a fox. Only thing I could add is that I secure the floor of the house with wire. This means they are safe at night, without all the hassle of digging the wire in around the perimeter. This is assuming your house is fox proof in every other way. (door, etc).

john87_no1 3:32 pm 02 May 11

EvanJames said :

john87_no1 said :

Maybe Monaghan has kicked it up a notch…..?

Sounds more like a Carney act…

Would have thought that there is a distinct lack of urine for a Carney incident….

EvanJames 3:00 pm 02 May 11

john87_no1 said :

Maybe Monaghan has kicked it up a notch…..?

Sounds more like a Carney act…

john87_no1 2:00 pm 02 May 11

Maybe Monaghan has kicked it up a notch…..?

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