|Photo from Wikipeadia of a British Stoat|
Brendon said the cats were in the chook area last night too, so he suspects it was a ferret which is bigger than a stoat. In December we found a dead stoat in our garden (although at the time we thought it was a ferret) - but a ferret would be apparently be too big for them to kill. We have also since learnt that February and March are the months when these creatures are on the move. So it was fine that we did not lock the chooks up - but not ok for Feb. A very hard way to learn that lesson.
The only positive side of this story is that our chooks were quite old and not laying very well (not being very good laying chooks to start with). So within the next few weeks we were going to replace them anyway. It was just really upsetting to have them killed in such a cruel way.
That is sad!!
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