Slaughtered chicks...so heartbroken. I had 40 chicks.

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by soniaramberger, Apr 21, 2017 at 12:21 PM.

  1. soniaramberger

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    ImageUploadedByHomesteading Today1492791661.430532.jpg only 8 were left alive. I want to catch the what ever animal did it, it's an ugly feeling. My intuition tells me that he/she will be back for more. The chicks were locked up in the chicken coop, it managed to open the coop door.
     
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    I don't how it got in the pen, no signs. This is the only thing that I have as a sign... ImageUploadedByHomesteading Today1492792281.390061.jpg it's a foot print in the water container.
     
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    I may be wrong, but your description of the break-in and those prints scream raccoon to me. They can be particularly sneaky, and have been known to kill multiple birds just for the fun of it
     
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    Raccoon! I hate those things. I had to raccoon-proof my pens, and that was expensive!
     
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    Yup -- coon. I found it's almost impossible to lock them out completely. A free-roaming dog around the coop will help a lot.
     
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    Like stated above, live traps work great on coons.
     
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    I wonder why?? I never had a problem locking them out completely. How is your coop set-up?
     
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    Sorry about your Problem. Hope you get it figured out. Now a question----whats happening for the chicks to be in this tote like that?
     
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    This. A good dog is worth its weight in gold!!!
     
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    That is definitely a coon track. Don't have many around the house for some reason. People hunt them heavily here, which is a good thing. In the event that one starts coming around it's a simple manner of setting some of the several hundred devices I have hanging around for such instances. I like the DP traps, you can leave them set with chickens all around them. Cage traps are good, but I usually catch a chicken. Not good to catch them in the day and have them cook in the sun with no food or water. If I throw them in the morning, I usually forget to reset them. I set the DPs and forget about them, until there is a coon in one.
     
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    The only thing that has killed more of my birds over the years, than coons, is my own dogs.

    Training dogs to not kill birds is a tall order, they are fun to kill, and they taste great.

    Chickens are safe, if they stay out of my dogs yard, but if they come in his yard look out.
     
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    I agree, it crossed my mind to do such but I thought I was being overprotective. I just went to the pound to adopt one. It was closed, I work Sat/Sun...Monday for sure.
     
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    Thank you Shannon R...it was sad to take them of the coop...where they were supposed to be safe.
     
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    Yes, Nate77, we have a great white German shepherd. He chases after the chicks when he's in the chicken pen. That's another reason I hesitated to have a dog inside.
     
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    Oh, I am determined to catch what did this...tonight if possible. The ones left alive will be with older chickens in a different coop. The door to this coop has a clip that secures the door, it can't be opened by pulling or pushing.
     
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    I am setting this trap tonight.[​IMG]
     

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    I set that type of trap to try to catch a raccoon and caught a skunk instead :confused:

    good luck and sorry about your chicks
     
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