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Thread: Et la tete! "Alluete" something is stealing my chickens heads.

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    Default Et la tete! "Alluete" something is stealing my chickens heads.

    I've lost 5 good laying hens 3 in one night and a duck. Best I can tell whatever it is has taken refuge in my barn under my hay. I'm guessing either weasel or maybe a skunk (it's just after their mating season here) I've not seen either here. Picking up a live trap and wireless night camera tonight. This could be disastrous d during SHTF . Will update tomorrow morning.
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    Ouch! Went through that a couple years ago. Damn coons! Now I keep my chickens penned at night and installed 1/2" hardware cloth to the floors. Haven't had issues since.
    Remember what Einstein said:
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    The coons were pulling their heads off? Their coop is by no means secure from small animals, but it wouldn't take much. We found the duck in our front field a couple hundred yards from the barn, missing only the head. She doesn't have access to the coop, then two nights later we found a dead hen no signs of injury, so still no alarm. The next morning found 3 all missing their head, we spent the day closing in larger holes thinking maybe a cat...... (I've seen one hanging around).

    Thanks for the input and suggestion.
    Don't bring skittles to a gun fight.

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    Yep, coons love the heads for some reason. I had a coon pull the legs off one of my chickens. Pulled them off right through the chicken wire. When I came out to feed, I found her alive but bleeding to death. Course I put her down, Then made a
    B-line to Tractor Supply for 1/4" hardware cloth and closed in their entire coop with it. Been a couple years and no more of that. Haven't had any issues with skunks either, or snakes. Even my barn cats won't have anything to do with my chickens when they are free ranging during the day.. They are afraid of them because I have a couple hard-ass roosters that'll whip their asses if the cats mess with their hens. My hens will even chase the cats from time to time. Funny to watch! lol
    Last edited by Camouflaged; 03-06-2017 at 08:04 AM.
    Remember what Einstein said:
    I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

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    When I was a kid we had a coon somehow pull chickens through chicken wire. We lost several until it got caught in a trap my step dad set for it. For the longest we thought it was a 2 legged creature so my step dad put out a bear trap. That coon probably didn't even know what hit him.
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    id say coons. we have them..correction, had them on our property. nothing some 17hrm dident fix.
    we have coyotes now, I hear them all the time at night but they seem to leave the our yard birds alone.
    on another note your title made me laugh and think of this

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNV0AKRIfIM
    Last edited by driftz240; 03-06-2017 at 11:34 AM.

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