The Investigation Continues

into the deaths of our chickens and goose.  Tom found these images on our game camera on our back fence line.

Check out the time of day this coyote is prowling around right next to our critters’ fence.

Plus he found these feathers near some coyote scat just farther back into our woods.

And I found this feather nearby.

We moved the game camera to in front of the barn last night and only got photos of the donkeys walking around.

This morning doing chores I found this dead chicken.

She had no head trauma and obviously had been stuck behind the barn wall a little while and was trying desperately to get out.  This has happened before, but then I found another live hen also stuck in the wall.

I got both the hens out, and then this hen was immediately attacked viciously by this rooster (that I caught and put in a secure pen).

I also noticed these three hens that were sitting the whole time on top of the wall where these hens were trapped.  This is highly unusual for chickens to be roosting so long in the middle of the day when they should be foraging around, eating and drinking. (Sorry about the photo quality).

So I am suspicious that the hens are being terrified by the roosters, and it may have led to the death of this barred hen.

So now I am less sure Steve is the prime suspect.  Could there have been a huge chicken/goose brawl that lead to their deaths?  Or could Tom have interrupted the coyote attacking our chickens?  Tom said the bodies were not warm but were not stiff either.  Maybe Steve busted into the back forty chasing the marauding coyote?  I am thinking it is not a mink or weasel because if it were there would be more deaths ongoing.  But I need to count my chickens each night and make sure none go missing.  Plus I realized there was no musk swell involved like there was with our previous mink and weasel attacks.

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5 Responses to The Investigation Continues

  1. Denise says:

    sorry to hear that there have been more losses. maybe the three roosting chickens were hanging out there because the others were trapped in the wall below? the chickens probably forced their way into the gap in order to try and escape whatever was threatening them. I’m thinking coyote attackus interruptus.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Denise! Those three hens are still roosting there today and no one is trapped behind the wall. I appreciate your input on the likely predator.

  2. Jeanne says:

    Those poor hens are obviously frightened, in my estimation. I’m sorry about the death of the barred hen. It’s a puzzlement about the coyote. Hoping you learn more…

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