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chicken HEAD predator

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I know the answer is here on BYC somewhere. I can't find it.

Which predator takes only the head of a chicken?
post #2 of 8
Owl and skunk will both do this. I believe weasels are also known to as well.

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100 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Silkies, Malay, and assorted others. Studying poultry genetics and the Standard of Perfection. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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post #3 of 8


Hawks do the same

 

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"The whole problem of the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell
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post #4 of 8

We have had a problem with a raccoon.  No more total free range.  We've enclosed and electrified about 800 square feet for the birds and they have started to go into their coop at night which they weren't doing before the murders started.

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Thank you all for the answers!!! smile.png
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Where are they when they're being taken? Roosting in trees? In the coop? Free ranging? What time of day is it happening? Answering those questions could help narrow down your predators. 

Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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Chickens off and on for 25+ years and still learning.

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post #7 of 8

Mink, Owl, Hawk, Stoat, Pine martin, Otter, Cat, Racoon. 

Check this out also it may help http://www.backyardchickenelearning.com/how-to-tell-which-predator-is-killing-your-chickens/

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If a raccoon can't get into the pen of a chicken it will often rip the chickens had off from outside of the pen
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