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Something's killing chickens, taking heads, leaving bodies

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Hi there - just wondering if anyone knows of a particular predator that will kill a chicken, take it's head and leave the rest? Not too many feathers laying around. We've lost 2 this way just this week. We are in Northern Illinois. I know there are cats, foxes, coon, owls  and possum around for sure, but maybe something else we haven't seen yet. One was a rooster that would never go in, the last was a hen - the coop door got left open. Thanks!

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That seems odd...seems like it would be the meaty parts that they'd be after. I hope you catch your culprit! Maybe it was something not big enough to get into the coop and could only get ahold of the head... but then again, it seems like the body would get dragged out. I don't know, but I'm sure someone will have a better idea for you.

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post #3 of 13

Weasles will take the head and leave the body.  I have had this problem in the past, but thank goodness, not recently.

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I lost my mama hen and a baby to a Hawk. Found her headless body next to a large hawk feather this morning.  sad

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post #5 of 13

Coons!!! we had what looked like the head was just gone and body intact........ roll  Then one day we looked down the neck and OM Gosh..... the entire insides were scooped out clean barniebarnie   all from a racoon!!!:mad:

you would have never known it until you picked up the chicken and looked inside....barnie

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post #6 of 13

weasels will kill chickens. chew their head off and leave. but also heard Coons/Possums will soooo........

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post #7 of 13

Sounds like a weasal to me. They eat heads. If you find the bird "plucked" it is usually a hawlk. If a coon can reach in and grab a bird, they may pull body parts though wire, but the coons here usually take their kills with them and eat the whole thing. Possums are oppertunists and aparently love to eat innards given the chance.

I vote weasal. They can go though tiny holes and get into anywhere a rat can.

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post #8 of 13

Set up a video cam, if you have one, in your coop and see if you can catch the predator on video. Try to secure all areas that a predator might be able to get into. Hope you figure it out before to many birds get gone.

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post #9 of 13

raccoon.

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post #10 of 13

Call a wild life agency, they know all the animals in the area.

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