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What killed my chicken?

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Hi, sorry this photo might be a bit graphic but this is the third chicken we have lost to a mysterious predator in two weeks and we are down to only 4 chickens now.

Any idea what is killing these ladies?



Thanks so much!
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Originally Posted by TessSiemer View Post

Hi, sorry this photo might be a bit graphic but this is the third chicken we have lost to a mysterious predator in two weeks and we are down to only 4 chickens now.

Any idea what is killing these ladies?



Thanks so much!

Wolcome to BYC and sorry for your loss.

 

-Kathy

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So sorry for your loss...When were they killed?  Night or daytime?   Did you see any evidence of how they got in?  Were your birds locked up?    I've read raccoons also eat breast meat or just the head, but also so does a possum that finds the kill.  Did all the birds look the same way when you found them?

Just because you caught it in a trap, doesn't make it the killer of your chickens.

 

Poo chart:  https://uconnladybug.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/scatlayout_bottom-worthadam.jpg

Foxes climb:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6YQdi5gbFg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt8FG9Fblis

Possums eat ticks  http://www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/opossums-killers-ticks

A Chicken's Life:  https:/...

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Just because you caught it in a trap, doesn't make it the killer of your chickens.

 

Poo chart:  https://uconnladybug.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/scatlayout_bottom-worthadam.jpg

Foxes climb:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6YQdi5gbFg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt8FG9Fblis

Possums eat ticks  http://www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/opossums-killers-ticks

A Chicken's Life:  https:/...

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Without knowing more about the area and time I would say it was likely a Possum. Hope you get it figured out.

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