A Chicken or duck or rooster was found dead in my chicken coop and it,s head was missing

ChickenOwner7777

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I think a raccoon attacked your bird.
Do you have a predator proof coop?
Do you keep chickens and ducks?
i have ducks and chickens and 2 roosters i have a big electricity fence that protects the chickens from my dog and predators but all the chickens were pecking at the dead body
 

CluckerFamily

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Chickens will eat a dead chicken but they don't remove a head, the head would've been removed by a predator first before the chickens started eating the dead chicken.
Do you have a breach in your fencing anywhere?
 

ChickenOwner7777

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Chickens will eat a dead chicken but they don't remove a head, the head would've been removed by a predator first before the chickens started eating the dead chicken.
Do you have a breach in your fencing anywhere?
i don,t think so. my gate won,t close because the gate is broken so maybe the predator went in through the open gate
 

CluckerFamily

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What kind of predators do you have? Where are you located? Where in the US or which Country in the World are you located?
A raccoon could get through a gap and so can weasels and mink, they can fit through a normal hole in chicken wire.
 

ChickenOwner7777

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What kind of predators do you have? Where are you located? Where in the US or which Country in the World are you located?
A raccoon could get through a gap and so can weasels and mink, they can fit through a normal hole in chicken wire.
i usually have wild mountain lions walking in the woods sometimes because i live in townsend. maybe some lions ate the head of the chicken and ran out of the coop
 

bobbi-j

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If the predator could come in the gate, it could have carried the chicken back out if it were a larger predator. A mink will kill a chicken and just eat the head and leave the rest of the bird.

If you look at the feet, you will know if it’s a chicken or a duck if you can’t tell by looking at the body.
 

CluckerFamily

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I also have cougars by me.
A cougar will carry the bird off and cover them with debris. You will also see scratch marks where it attacked the bird.
 

ChickenOwner7777

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it was just so sad to see a dead chicken in the coop i don,t know who caused it but i think my dog ate the head of the chicken and probaly ran out without getting caught if i can take a picture some how i will be able to show what happened but im on a pc though
 

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