April 28, 2012
Twenty three days ago, I came home from work at normal time to find everything fine. I changed clothes, and left for the grocery store. We came home right at dark, put up groceries and went outside to shut up the chickens. I found eleven out of twelve chickens laying dead in the lot. This happened in the three hours that I was gone. I strongly suspect a fisher. I found where the murderer had pulled the chicken wire lose and went under the fence. I think it was a fisher because I saw one the next day run out from the log pile when my husband started up the dozer. The lone survivor was a little black hen that happened to be setting on eggs in the chicken house. I imediately took every egg I could and put them in the incubator. My little black hen hatched out fifteen babies two weeks ago and I got eight out of the incubator Friday night. I have reinforced the lot, I dug a trench and buried forty eight inch woven wire about a foot deep. I am also going to put a strand or two of electric fence up as well. With fall coming, the critters are moving in. I put up a game camera and have seen a fox, a raccoon cats and the neighbor’s dog. My recomendation is to fortify your coup and take as many precautions as you can. I hope this doesn’t happen to any of you.
October 5, 2010
Last weekend I lost 2 hens I believe it was a weasel. We put chicken fencing down at the bottom of the fenced in yard about 2 feet away and put rocks on top. This creature dug under it and in and the one warm night I did not close the coop door. I am going to line the inside of the run with chicken wire and put sand on top, so no one can dig under and get in. I have gone 3 summers leaving the coop door open to keep them cool and now this. I was just heart sicken. One I lost was one of my originals I raised 3 years ago she was laying dead she was my golden lace wyandotte the other was one I just raised and she was a runt she was a black Australourp . I just told her the other day that she was so beautiful with her pretty shiny feathers. She had her head and neck gone.
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