Originally Posted by Bogtown Chick
Foxy I don't know what to make of your murdered grouse mystery other than to tell you to knock on some wood and be glad it wasnt one of your birdies. It looks like bird of prey owl or hawk or eagle. They may have dropped it or caught it there, plucked it a bit and then moved on with the goods. IDK.. I think there are a couple scenarios to be had there.
Originally Posted by lalaland
foxy, my theory about your grouse is that it was flying to escape an aerial predator and didn't make it. thinking hawk flew off with body? thank goodness the grouse was the one taken. Be xtra careful with your flock.
You can provide a hawk shelter by propping something up that they can get underneath...plywood? old topper? a determined hawk/owl will go under but sometimes its enough to discourage them. good luck!
Thanks for the ideas gals! I didn't even think about the predator flying off with the body. That would explain why there were no bones. duh. I think I've convinced myself it was an owl and that it happened during the night while the girls were safe and snug in the coop.
I have things strategically placed around the yard for them to duck under for this very reason. The coop and run are in one corner, I've got a pallet up on cinder blocks in another, a little hoop house chicken tractor in another, and a couple of garden trailers in the other. I think they spend most of their day under the trailers, or in the hoop house if it's raining. But, I'm definitely thinking about them a lot more than normal today... Not only because of the grouse, but when I pulled in the driveway yesterday my little trouble-making EE had jumped the fence and was out all by herself! She is such a turd!! Her name has actually changed from Peanut, because she was the tiniest chick, to Trouble because if ever one of them is causing trouble it's her! But I can't stay mad at her and those cheeks LOL