Homesteading Forum banner

1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
425 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Something is steadily stealing my chickens and clearing a 5' fence, not digging under it and leaving no signs at all other than my hen count is decreasing. In may I had 23 hens and today I have 14. :( Whatever it is, it is smart enough to avoid traps.
Below are some links to some kind of strange animal they found in Texas.
This thing is just SCAREY !!! :eek:

this is the link to the one from earlyer this year http://www.woai.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=EBC8FC7B-ED5D-46A5-8DA4-3C6F6C31975E and this one is to the one from a few days ago http://www.woai.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=E69839B5-5E04-45C5-9027-5CB484EBA2F4
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
A hungry neighbor, maybe? :haha:

If you find out I'd like to know, because I'm trading in my goats for chickens . . .

Could it be a predatory bird? Hawks etc. will take chickens.

Mary A.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
88 Posts
I have 5' no climb fence for my horses. I saw chicken feathers in my field (I don't have chickens, but my neighbor does.) One night, I was looking out my kitchen window when I saw a huge stray cat run up to the bottom of the fence, climb it like it was a ladder, hop off the top, land neatly on the ground and run right across the pasture towards my neighbor's (last) chicken. Can't say if that's what's happening with you, but it's a thought.

Milking Mom said:
Something is steadily stealing my chickens and clearing a 5' fence, not digging under it and leaving no signs at all other than my hen count is decreasing. In may I had 23 hens and today I have 14. :( Whatever it is, it is smart enough to avoid traps.

This thing is just SCAREY !!! :eek:

hey tis is the link to the one from earlyer this year http://www.woai.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=EBC8FC7B-ED5D-46A5-8DA4-3C6F6C31975E and this one is to the one from a few days ago http://www.woai.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=E69839B5-5E04-45C5-9027-5CB484EBA2F4
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
152 Posts
If it's possible, spread sand around the outside of the pen. A critter standing there to jump the fence will leave prints.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
386 Posts
If this is happening regularly, you can buy a video camera fairly cheap. Some of them are wireless. It records to your VCR. I would use a motion light which would trigger the camera so you are not recording for nothing.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
6,751 Posts
Do you have a 'hot' wire on top of you pen? My first defense would be to try to prevent what is happening..An opposum was robbing my dad's coop --Dad thought it was someone.. Sat in the barn one night and found the largest Possum he had ever seen sneaking in at one o'clock.. Shot him. The "disappearing act" came to an end..
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top