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What done it??

I incubated eggs and got 15 chicks for my efforts, today they would be 5 weeks old, i kept them in a 6 x6 brooder made from plywood with wire netting on top with a door here and there for filling food and water, i came this morning to top up food and every single chick was gone,

I later found 3 chicks dead with blood from there necks

Another one with no head,

I eventually found a single chick still alive and uninjured we her moved to a safer place

What do you think is responsible my first thought was a mink but people iv asked have said maybe rats??

No sign of the other 10 chicks

Darmaddo
Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Don't think a mink would have left anything behind

Torsten Schulz
Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Well he didnt really leave them behind i found there bodies a good 20 meters away from there brooder,

The live one was in behind the bins

Any way to stop what ever it is??

Darmaddo
Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Also id want a four/five week old chick off someone near roscommon to keep this one company
If any one has any for sale

Darmaddo
Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Rats,especially a female with young.

Desy
Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

it sounds a bit like a mink - I had a visit from one a few years and the bodies were left behind with the heads removed

polishbantams
Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Definetly sounds like a rat, I had that problem 3 or 4 years ago with ducklings. I put down poison and sure enogh they stopped being attacked. Hope this helps

Niall124
Thursday, July 12th, 2018

chicks or any birds should be in a vermin proof shed, especially chicks

pearl
Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Rat or a Pine Martin. Rats will attack chicks but around here everybody is getting hardship without Martin's, wasn't untill a neighbour caught one scaling the wire on security camera that we realised what was the problem.

paddykk
Friday, July 13th, 2018

Pine marten.Had the same happening to me.

corrachombra
Friday, July 13th, 2018

Where did the culprit get in? Should be sign of where it got into brooder

nedzer
Friday, July 13th, 2018

We had a pine martin with us, he only took the one duck, all he done was take the head off and touched nothing else.I shot a pigeon and left it for him were he was hanging out and he just ate the head off it to. A half opened tin of sardines in a live trap caught him in no time to be relocated.Darren

Slieveroe
Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Where was it relocated to slieveroe just as a matter of interest ?

nama-man
Sunday, July 15th, 2018


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