BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Predators and Pests › What kind of predator eats just the head and/or guts?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

What kind of predator eats just the head and/or guts?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

This week I've had 2 chickens killed in their coop.  The only entrance for anything to get in would be a gap from the loft or a couple of places that is about 2" wide x 12" long or so.

Earlier this week there was a juvenile about  3-4 months old that just had its head and guts eaten.  Last night something  ate nothing but the head off of a chicken.  What do you guys think this is?  Today I'm going to fill in the gaps... but I still would like to know the possible predators.  I did kill a small  young possum that managed to get in there before I closed them up after free ranging a few days ago... think its another possum or something else?

post #2 of 14

Sounds like a coon or weasel to me. Fix the gap, and set a trap.

"Live and learn from fools and from sages" ~ Aerosmith
Black & Blue Copper Marans, and one Wheaten ~ White, Partridge & BBS Silkies
Member of:  ASBC

 

Reply

"Live and learn from fools and from sages" ~ Aerosmith
Black & Blue Copper Marans, and one Wheaten ~ White, Partridge & BBS Silkies
Member of:  ASBC

 

Reply
post #3 of 14

Yeah, probably a coon-----the reason the head is only eaten, is probably because that is the part that got pulled through the gap.sad

Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

Mommy to 4 dogs; 5 cats; 3 pygmy goats; 3 pot belly pigs; 40 chickens; one Giant Rainbow Plated lizard; and one beautiful blue and gold macaw!!l
Reply
Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

Mommy to 4 dogs; 5 cats; 3 pygmy goats; 3 pot belly pigs; 40 chickens; one Giant Rainbow Plated lizard; and one beautiful blue and gold macaw!!l
Reply
post #4 of 14

Coons--they usually start with the bird's crop.

I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, SS's (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 6 guinea hens. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school (mid 1950') and continuously since...



Reply

I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, SS's (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 6 guinea hens. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school (mid 1950') and continuously since...



Reply
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 

The birds weren't tried to pull through any gap.... they were both laying in the middle of the coop... not near a wall at all.

post #6 of 14

Weasels. Shoot em all!

2 dogs, 120 hens,70 pullets, one rio grande turkey, 2 ducks,250 cows
Reply
2 dogs, 120 hens,70 pullets, one rio grande turkey, 2 ducks,250 cows
Reply
post #7 of 14

A racoon.  I am sorry for your loss. hugs

Amy ~ Mama to 2 children, married to the love of my life.  10 Chickies

I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is. by Albert Camus
My Etsy! Facebook
Reply
Amy ~ Mama to 2 children, married to the love of my life.  10 Chickies

I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is. by Albert Camus
My Etsy! Facebook
Reply
post #8 of 14

Weasel

Rare Feathers Farm is located just outside of Okanogan, Washington. We specialize in rare and critically endangered poultry.
Reply
Rare Feathers Farm is located just outside of Okanogan, Washington. We specialize in rare and critically endangered poultry.
Reply
post #9 of 14

We have had that problem too.  An Opossum was getting them. It would eat the head guts and a little of the breast.  We also lost some of our bantams to hawks.  The hawks would land on the sides of the cages and reach in.  They would only eat the head and crop because that is all they could get through the wire.

post #10 of 14

A weasel will not usually do more than kill the bird by biting the neck and lapping up the blood, if they feed on the carcass they will go for the breast.  I've lost birds to both weasels and coons and I'm still voting coon based on you description of what is eaten.  Could also be a rat but they generally won't kill more than one bird at a time and usually aren't specific about what they eat.

I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, SS's (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 6 guinea hens. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school (mid 1950') and continuously since...



Reply

I live on 7.5 acres in the western Catskill foothills where I have a 3200 sq.ft garden, 100-plant blueberry patch as well as strawberry and raspberry patches, 4 cats and over 4 dozen chickens: Black Stars, RIR's,  EE's, Brown leghorns, BR's, SS's (including one very happy EE rooster) plus 6 guinea hens. I've been keeping chickens since I was in high school (mid 1950') and continuously since...



Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Predators and Pests
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Raising BackYard Chickens › Predators and Pests › What kind of predator eats just the head and/or guts?