Well, I went out and set the traps up today. I checked on them twice with no success. I just got back from my lockdown patrol (armed with pistol, flashlight and camera). Still no trap action. Just to be on the safe side, I counted all the chickens, still have 20 hens and 1 rooster. They don’t like the flashlight, and cluck their displeasure at roll call. So hopefully tonight the problem will solve itself.
I left the live trap set up just in case something ran through it. On the bottom left corner of the picture you can see a metal post in the ground. I have a wire rope connected to that post and both leg traps under the chicken coop. I covered the hole with that metal pan and old blue and white can. That way no cat or chicken could wander into the traps. You can see I have lowered and latched the chicken door shut so nothing can get in tonight. Since I have lost 32% of my laying hens in the last week, I need to get this under control soon or there won’t be any chickens left.