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What eats JUST the head?

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Ok, what kind of critter eats just the head and attacks during the daytime?  I lost a rooster today. :-(

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Originally Posted by wistlindixie 

Ok, what kind of critter eats just the head and attacks during the daytime?  I lost a rooster today. :-(


Weasel

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Great Horned Owls will just eat the heads. Don't think that they are exclusive to hunting at night, if an owl is awake and sees prey, it won't hesitate to pounce.

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Yes, weasel.  I know someone who lost a couple dozen birds to a single weasel and it only took off the heads and drank the blood I think.

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post #5 of 42

depends on if it actually got in the run/coop. a chicken can stick their head through most chicken wire. if it's all they can reach almost anything will only take the head i would think.

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when in doubt.... poke it with a stick and see if it moves....... if it does beat it with the stick it till it stops!!!
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Weasels can fit through 1/2" chicken wire. sad

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post #7 of 42

Cats and many other animals start eating their kill with eating the head.  If it got interrupted while it was eating.....

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The rooster that got eaten was outside the enclosed fence.  I have a couple that have taken to flying over the fence (6 ft.) and then back over to roost at night.  This attack happened during the daytime.

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I recently lost 5 to an early daytime coyote attack.  One found dead but no parts missing, one found dead with the head missing only, and 3 gone, only feathers found.  A neighbor saw the coyotes, and I found a single coyote track near my back door.

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Ventilation -- may be the most important aspect of coop design

BYC Troubleshooting article -- click here

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

14 hatchery and mutt hens

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post #10 of 42

Someone told me a hawk took their chicken's head off. hide

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Wonderful DH, 2 children, 4 granddaughters, 7 City Chics:  1 RIR, 1 Australorp, 1 Araucana, 2 Pearl White Leghorn, 2 Wellsummers.


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