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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.

 

Losing Chickens To Predators
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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock
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