Well you know the new chicken coop Mike spent quite some time building. The one attached to our little barn that we would be able to stand up in; the one the chickens would have lots of space in....
Well, a chicken predator has made its appearance.
The first morning Mike found a dead chicken with its neck bitten and quite a bit of blood around, but just one dead and the chicken was still in the coop. He filled in gaps around the coop that day. We figured that it might be something fairly good size since generally a weasel, which is quite small, usually goes on a killing spree and we had only one dead.
The next morning, the scenario repeated itself. The new coop is quite large and now our thinking was that perhaps the killer is a weasel - an unusual weasel, perhaps, one that just has enough energy for one kill per night.
Knowing that weasels can fit through a very small opening, it seemed much too daunting a task to fill every hole over 1 1/2" in diameter.
So, we moved the chickens back to their old coop. We considered that one to be quite tight as we had never had a predator problem.
Well, the next morning Mike the scenario repeated itself again, this time in the small old coop.
Well, we spent Saturday afternoon filling every crack and hole in that old coop. We did find a couple of small spaces a weasel might be able to squeeze through.
Sunday morning we were happy to report that all of the chickens made it through the night.
Mike was a bit disappointed at first about not being able to use the new coop he had built, but I already have new plans for it.
(Has anyone else had a similar chicken predator problem? We still are not 100% sure what kind of animal it was.)