All About Chicken Predators

All You Need To Know About Protecting Your Chickens


Predators

No matter how careful you are, you are almost certain to get a predator attack at some time. If you free-range your birds, it is just something that you have to come to terms with - it WILL happen.

Links
Predator-specific links are on the relevant pages.

US Animal Laws, including on trapping and hunting

What Killed My Chickens?


Clues
Animal
Several birds killed; mauled but not eaten
Dog
Several birds killed; lots of small bites on body, bodies neatly piled, some heads eaten
Mink or Weasel
Several birds killed; heads and crops eaten
Raccoon
One or two birds killed; mauled, abdomen eaten
Opossum
One bird killed; head eaten
Hawk
Several birds disappeared, no trace
Humans
Missing limbs, birds inside fence
Raccoon
One or more birds dead / missing; no more than one removed; pile of feathers; those not removed with broken necks, clumps of feathers taken from neck
Fox
Chicks killed; abdomen eaten, lingering smell
Skunk

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