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Serena Lanza <[log in to unmask]>
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Farm Collie Breed Conservancy and Restoration <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 22 Jul 2005 15:49:53 -0400
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Hello Dorothy,

I'm pretty sure this was a coyote attack. In some cases, there was only
piles of feathers. Then there were the dead and injured, I'd say that out
of 75 birds, I still have 25, we found about 6 dead and 8 wounded, the
rest were gone. We have seen lots of coyotes around in the past couple of
days as they are building a subdivision behind us. They came out during
the day while they were using a pile driver to break up granite ledge for
foundations. That pile driver went from 7:00am till 5:00pm, non stop.
Can't say as though I blame the coyotes for coming to my place. What I'm
thinking is that this was a pack of coyotes with young ones that are just
learning to hunt. They took what they could eat and then "practiced" on
the rest. We really have no stray dog problem where we live. In fact, I
don't think I've ever seen a stray on my property. Not to say that it
couldn't have happened as you suggested, I thought the same thing but the
sightings of coyotes has me thinking it was them.

Lassie put up a valiant fight after taking the window out, casing and all.
As for the roo with a broken neck, I think you're right about that, he
didn't have a mark on his otherwise. I just never thought they could do
that to themselves and I've had poultry for years.

Thanks again for your kind words.

M. Serena Lanza
Sr. Payroll Specialist
New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
Lawrence, MA

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Re: [FARMCOLLIE] Slaughter

> >We came home last night to find most of our poultry slaughtered.

   What an awful experience.  But I have to ask what you think did it.
Despite our best effort we lose some poultry to the maurading hawk, fox or
coyote.  To minimize our losses we keep them housed dusk to dawn and
periodically one or more of our dogs hang out with them outside, but when
let our guard down, or one sneaks into the woods to nest, we can have a
      Normally with a preditor involved, we lose only one at a time.
      The fact that you came home to a whole slaughter makes me wonder if
pack or several or even a single dog could be the culprits.
      It seems to me that preditors take what they can eat or perhaps what
they can carry back to their young, but they don't do wholesale slaughter
    Could your rooster have broken his neck when he panicked and flew into
     When I was young several times I remember having multiple killed and
injured ducks and it was always dogs involved.  One time a neighbor's dog
and one time two strays. (They also tried breaking into the rabbit houses
but failed.
      A friend who has geese, ducks and chickens says the same thing. When
preditors take them, they totally disappear, except with a hawk hit you
sometimes find the feathers or interrupt the attack.  Otherwise they
disappear without a trace.