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post #1 of 13 Old 05-24-2014, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Strange predator attack

Animal loss due to predators is very common at my place. Cattle and horses have not been attacked, but we did lose a jenny to coyotes while giving berth.
My wife has lost most of her chickens, ducks, and all of her geese and 3 cats.
Generally, coyotes are to blame, but the latest occurrence appears to have been caused be something else. This morning, we found the last of her two large geese in a closed barnyard area with their entire chest cavities eating out. A duck was left untouched. Coyotes usually carry their prey off and consume nearly everything. Any idea on what type of animal could breech a fence and perform such a deed ? My two dogs who have been around the geese for the last 8 years were in a penned area next to the barnyard and barking their heads off. But, they do that almost every night anyway, so we didn't think much of it.
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-24-2014, 01:19 PM
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Do you have foxes or raccoons? Foxes get my neighbors geese and ducks every now and again. I have a friend that battled foxes all summer last year in his chickens.
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Yes, we have both, but not in abundance . I've also seen a bobcat.
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weasel badger fox , usually a wild animal would take away the catch and eat it elsewhere.
Could it be stray dogs ?
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Have you tho't about adding a hot wire? A friend's dog kept harassing the chickens and trying to get into the pen. A hot wire at just the right height did the trick. He touched it once and lost interest in the chickens.
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If it was a bird doing the killing and the kill was too heavy to carry they will eat and run. So will a raccoon but they usually bite the heads off in my experience with them. Even the fox here will cart them off. A dog though will not typically.
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There have been stray dogs around from time to time, but not sure how they might have gotten through the fence. I guess i'll never know for certain what got the geese. The poor old duck has had a hard time of it. He lost his mate about two years ago to predators and bonded with the two geese. Now, he's all alone and looks completely lost. I let the dogs have full run of the barn area in hopes that it might keep predators at bay. The dogs have lived with that duck for years and present no threat to him.
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If I lost that many animals to predators and for some reason couldnt provide a safe haven for them I would move or not have have any animals.
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post #9 of 13 Old 05-25-2014, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Safe haven ? We'll I guess I could have moved them all inside my house. My wife has already reached the conclusion that trying to keep have chickens and geese is impractical. Anyway, your solution doesn't address the question that was posed. I'm simply wanting to know what might have attacked my geese.
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Unfortunately, if they're in a pen without a top pretty much any predator can climb over and get at them.

I lost 4 chickens to a fox, and had a run with a roof installed and attached to their coop. It's not foolproof of course, but it makes things much more difficult for whatever wants to make dinner of your fowl. I also lock them into their coop at night, and that has helped tremendously.

As far as what the predator might be, it sounds like a raccoon. They only generally eat the breast and rib meat, and although they tend to pull the heads off, that's not always the case.

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