Just had this email from Jacquey who has lost all her hens to a predator and she was wondering what it could be.
"We had 16 chickens for about 5 years. Same chickens, same checken pen, same chicken house. About 2 months ago, 2-3 chickens were disappearing a night. We, over a weeks time, secured the bottem of the fence, fastened the door with a bungee cord, nailed the doors to the house shut, and nailed long pieces of tin to the top. Still, after all this, all of our chickens were taken. At the end of the 3 weeks it took to take all of our friends, it could not get them out of the pen, just would take them to the fence, and eat them from there. I was wondering if you knew what this could be, and how to control this. We live in rural Missouri on the Big River, and LOVED our chickens. They were a part of our family. Any help would be appriciated! Thank you, Jacquey"
I suppose it could be rats, a mink, or fox. Let me know what you think.
sara @ farmingfriends