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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.  Likewise, a possum doesn't much care what it eats and usually kills a single bird.  Coons and weasels are more apt to make multiple kills.

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...



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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...



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post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by biggin 

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.


I caught a possum in my coop just last week. Killed two of my 3 wk old chicks. Ateh the head off the one, the insides out of the other.
  Another reason it could be a possum is that they are great climbers, and can get in where others can't get because they can't climb. I have a trap set to get that bugger somad

Jen

Mother to 1 son, 1 cat 20 1/2, two cats, Barnevelder, Welsummer, Lt Brahma, BO, , Dominique, BC Marans, White Rock, BR, Americauna, Cochin, RIRs, and 3 BJG Xs
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Mother to 1 son, 1 cat 20 1/2, two cats, Barnevelder, Welsummer, Lt Brahma, BO, , Dominique, BC Marans, White Rock, BR, Americauna, Cochin, RIRs, and 3 BJG Xs
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will  hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  II Chronicles 7: 14
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post #13 of 14

My experiences with coons has been that they have eaten the entire freaking bird except the shanks and feet. Everytime I have had losses due to the neck and upper breast being eaten it was a weasle. Next on the list; when I have lost birds with the crop and the bird was hollowed out of its innards, each and everytime it has been a possum. (that is my guess as to what your predator is)  When the bird has been killed out in the open in a ring of feathers and it looks like it was just split wide open right down the middle and the breast and innards eaten out 100 percent of the time it has been a hawk..usually a big red tail.

I do think that predators change up their feeding MOs from time to time but those have just been my experiences. Fix up that opening and set a trap.

Good luck to you...sorry for your loss!

I get by with a lil help from my hens.
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I get by with a lil help from my hens.
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post #14 of 14

coon! weasel! coon! weasel! coon! WEASEL! COON!  lol

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There is no justification for the slaughter of innocent children in the name of "Women's rights."

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