Rural Lifestyle

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Losing Chickens To Predators

Over the past couple of weeks I have lost several chickens to predators.  Several of them have gone missing, with just a few feathers in the chicken yard.  From the trail of feathers, something drug the chicken from the chicken house.

It is not a chicken hawk, because there is no body.  Chicken hawks do not eat the bones.

A trail camera in the chicken yard showed a couple of raccoons and an opossum.

Opossums will not drag a chicken off.  It will eat the chicken in the chicken house.

 

If this is a raccoon, it is the first time I have heard of a raccoon taking a chicken from the house.  Usually, they eat the eggs and leave the chickens alone.

A trap was set out and a raccoon was caught on the first night.  Nothing was caught the second night.  The raccoon I caught is much smaller than the one on the trail camera.

My wife and I ordered 20 chicks to replace the chickens that were killed.

The door tot he chicken house does not have a door, and that is my fault. I figured there would be some losses to predators, but not so many in such a short period of time.

The new chicks are:

  • Jersey giant – Jersey Giants are a large breed of chicken that weighs a couple of pounds more the typical heritage breed.
  • Buff Orpington – Good heritage breed that will go broody from time to time.
  • New Hampshire Reds – My first time owning this breed.
  • Australorp – Good heritage breed.

The plan is to keep the trail camera in the chicken yard and probably add a second one.

Have two box traps and two dog proof raccoon traps.

Add a door to the chicken house.

This losing chickens has to stop one way or another.

 

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