What killed my chicken?
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True foxes do take them away not leave them at the crime scene
Just what could it be
I had a chicken that would fly over the fence and would forage outside then at night she would fly back into the pen. Today i found her eaten just outside the coop. There were feathers everywhere. The predator ate everything in her except the bones. They even ate the flesh off her neck and face as well as her insides. Any idea what might do this?
Where are you located? What is your weather like? Snow on the ground? Any prints? Usually canines and larger predators will carry the body away and eat it elsewhere, so I suspect it was something that couldn't carry the body or eat bones. Canines would crunch them. Do you have hawks? A feather explosion usually can often mean a hit from above and if the chicken is over two pounds a hawk usually cannot carry.
I've witnessed two unsuccessful hawk attacks on my chickens and both times the hawk went after a young chicken in the ten week old range, perhaps hoping to be able to carry it away. Both times the birds were able to take cover, once under the deck and once under an evergreen.
Added: Just saw your picture. Weasels will gnaw and drink blood. Usually they'll get chickens roosting. Don't think they would eat that much. I'm not really sure what raccoons do. I know they will pull body parts off.
Edited by dekel18042 - 1/31/16 at 1:21pm