Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Chicken Predators

It has been awhile since my last post so I'm going to try to break them up and get caught up....we'll see how that goes.

We had our first chicken get killed by a predator in mid-April, it was one of those rare times when we were gone all day but left the chickens out and when we came back there were feathers everywhere and a decapitated and partially munched chicken. We're not sure of the predator but we're guessing it was a dog. I would highly recommend that you pick up a copy of Pastured Poultry Profits for a multitude of reasons but one is that Chapter 20 is dedicated to predators. Joel outlines the symptoms (IOW what is looks like after) of each predator type and helps you in isolating where your problem might be. Granted he doesn't cover every possible predator type but enough to give you an idea.

It was obvious when we came home that the dog we leave inside the house when gone had been freaking out since he would have been able to see the attack occur. Fortunately whatever is was has not come back (yet?) so we'll see what the future holds.

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