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What killed the chickens #7134236
01/12/21 10:17 PM
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I have a land owner I trap for that had two chickens killed. Whatever it was chewed a 2.5 hole through the rotted wood coop and killed but didnt eat one chicken. Same thing happened the next night with a new hole. Any idea what the culprit is? Im thinking mink but would the only kill one and leave the other half dozen chickens alone?


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Re: What killed the chickens [Re: robert.d12] #7134251
01/12/21 10:25 PM
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Hang a 110 in the holes and find out.

Re: What killed the chickens [Re: robert.d12] #7134279
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We have had coon match all those clues. Its like they go in for chicken and then just eat out of the grain feeder. What ever it is is only going to make the hole as big as it needs to. Seems like extra work for a mink to chew 2.5 inch hole. Was the bird pulled up to the hole?

Re: What killed the chickens [Re: robert.d12] #7134299
01/12/21 11:03 PM
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Barn rats will chew like that


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Re: What killed the chickens [Re: robert.d12] #7134309
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I will go with rat


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Re: What killed the chickens [Re: robert.d12] #7134567
01/13/21 08:05 AM
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Same as every other dead chicken story, it could be a very long list of things. Everything eats chicken and they don't put up much of a fight.

Re: What killed the chickens [Re: robert.d12] #7134573
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Re: What killed the chickens [Re: robert.d12] #7134596
01/13/21 08:38 AM
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Barn rats likely chewed in for feed, but anything after that could use the entries. Ermine, mink rat could kill. Set a trap and hang a Game camera


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Re: What killed the chickens [Re: robert.d12] #7134605
01/13/21 08:45 AM
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Did it eat the whole chicken or just the head? Plucked or ripped open? Skull intact?


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Re: What killed the chickens [Re: SJA] #7134608
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Originally Posted by SJA
Did it eat the whole chicken or just the head? Plucked or ripped open? Skull intact?

Key info was missing for us


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Re: What killed the chickens [Re: 330-Trapper] #7134622
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Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
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Did it eat the whole chicken or just the head? Plucked or ripped open? Skull intact?

Key info was missing for us


A 2.5" hole through rotted wood? . . . I'm thinking Weasel. We had Norwegian Rats go into a coop but didn't kill any chickens. They just ate the eggs.


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Re: What killed the chickens [Re: robert.d12] #7134674
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I've had an entire family of coon chew open and crawl through a hole no bigger than 4", it doesn't take nearly as big of hole as you'd think.

Re: What killed the chickens [Re: robert.d12] #7134701
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I was thinking weasel except I think a weasel would kill them all.


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Re: What killed the chickens [Re: robert.d12] #7134724
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Think about the size of the culprits head.


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Re: What killed the chickens [Re: robert.d12] #7134773
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My candidates are skunk, possum, cat or coon, and in that order.

Rats will kill chicks, but rarely chickens. Weasel or mink would kill more than one......and not eat much if they did.

Re: What killed the chickens [Re: robert.d12] #7134774
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Another reason not to have chickens. They get kilt a lot.


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Re: What killed the chickens [Re: Bruce T] #7134786
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Originally Posted by Bruce T
Think about the size of the culprits head.


This ^^^^


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Re: What killed the chickens [Re: Dirt] #7134805
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Originally Posted by Dirt
Another reason not to have chickens. They get kilt a lot.

Right. Too many critters out there that like to kill and eat chicken.


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Re: What killed the chickens [Re: Trapper7] #7134814
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Originally Posted by Trapper7
Originally Posted by Dirt
Another reason not to have chickens. They get kilt a lot.

Right. Too many critters out there that like to kill and eat chicken.

They could be a good asset depending on how much the critters in the woods like bloody chicken


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Re: What killed the chickens [Re: robert.d12] #7135303
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I am guessing mink from what you have said. Did the dead chickens look like this?
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