Chicken Predators – What killed my chickens?

Chicken Predators – What killed my chickens?

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WARNING!! – The following post contains images that might disturb some readers

We need your help!

One of our twitter followers (Jodie @alpineblossom) sent us a message this week after sadly losing a number of her flock to an unidentified predator.

So we decided to see if we could crowd source the investigation into identifying the most likely culprit.

This is where you come in.  We need your help to try and unravel this mystery and identify the most likely predator responsible for killing these chickens.

The Facts of the Case

This is what we know about the incident and the unsub – UNknown SUBject (yes I watch too much criminal minds!) so far:

  • The location of the crime is British Columbia, Canada.
  • The unsub squeezed in through a gap in the barn door and dug a 7 inch wide hole in the dirt floor.
  • The birds had no obvious wounds.
  • They all had ruffled feathers with signs of a struggle.
  • They all appear to have died from a broken neck.
  • The unsub killed 10 birds and pulled/dragged all of them out of the coop.  (note the birds were found more spread out than shown in the forensic photos below).
  • Only one bird was partially eaten as shown in the photo below and the others were untouched.
  • Some scat (animal droppings) was found near the scene of the crime as shown below.


The Forensic Evidence

The following photos have been provided by Jodie @alpineblossom to help you identify the predator.


Jodie - chickens killed by predator
Chickens killed by unknown predator


Jodie - close up of eaten chicken
Remains of chicken eaten by unknown predator


Jodie predator scat
Scat found near scene of the crime


Some Information to Help

Common Chicken Predators found in British Columbia

The following is a list common predators found in the British Columbia area:

  • Bald Eagle
  • Canada Lynx
  • Cougar
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Raccoon
  • Red Fox
  • Spotted Owl
  • Wolf
  • Wolverine

Common Chicken Predators

The following info-graphic provides an overview of common chicken predators, their attack methods, and potential coop design solutions to protect your flock against these predators.

Over to you.  If you have some experience with this type of attack please leave a comment or share this post with your friends to see if we can find a possible solution for Jodie.

Also if you don’t follow us on Twitter already you can find us at @myurbanchicken.

Since writing this post we received lots of feedback from the Backyard Chicken Zone community and we have since written a post summarizing the findings of which chicken predator was responsible for killing these chickens in “CSI (Chicken Scene Investigation) – Who did it?“.


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1 thought on “Chicken Predators – What killed my chickens?

  1. Well for one that is coyote scat, they consume small furry mammals and clean themselves with their mouths as most animals do. Unlike felines, canines are unable to regurgitate the hair and pass a furry stool. Coyotes are more than capable of digging under a fence, and are known to drag their kill(s) away before consumption. The usual kill method is a strike to the neck, whether that results in a broken neck, a punctured jugular, or a crushed windpipe the outcome is the same. I recommend getting a good guard/farm dog (fixed) to protect the flock.

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