People who have a homestead and raise chickens kept in a pen or free range need to be concerned with predators. These are animals that will eat eggs, kill small chicks, and even full grown chickens. Most predators are stealthy animals and often stay just out of sight. Even animals that are not seen can usually be identified by tracks. Predator identification can be a challenge if you are not familiar with their tracks.
One important thing to remember about using tracks for predator identification is the appearance of tracks can vary based on a number of factors. This includes the weather, the type of soil, and the time that has passed after the tracks were made.
The best tracks for easy predator identification are typically left in muddy soil or on snow. This will depend on the type of climate in your area. You may want to take a picture of tracks you find around a chicken coop to have as reference when trying to identify a specific predator.
A description of tracks to use for predator identification is found on ouroneacrefarm.com here…