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?