Ugh, since last Monday, I've lost 2 chickens and my guinea hen. Not exactly sure what's going on, but I am thinking either hawk or big ole owl.
Last Monday, I came home to a dead on inside the pen, but half eaten. Then 2 days later, find a small pile of guinea feathers outside the pen, she is missing.
This morning as I came out the door to leave for work, I could hear guinea and my rooster going crazy and a hen squalling. I ran down to barn and by the time I got down there, everything was quiet, some of the hens were huddled in the corners outside like they were hiding, the rest inside. There was a big piles of feathers in the middle of the pen and I could only hear only a slight rustle off in the distance.
If it was a smaller ground animal, I would figure there would be some holes under fence or such. Even it it was a climber, I would've seen it as I got there right there after the commotion.
I saw an owl sitting in the field a week or two ago, it was the size a large turkey, it is huge and I know there is a pair out there. Not to mention there is a pair of very large hawks, as big or bigger than my rooster, that hang around too.
I have some of the 3' green plastic deer netting I will stretch across the top of pen, hopefully that wil prevent future losses.
I think I have a opposum eating any late laid eggs over night, I am finding shells in the morning, but all yolks are gone. Caught one in there last week eating chicken feed when I got there before the lights came on.
Had a fox last year stealing chickens when I let them out to roam, now this.