Advice please, something got my hen today (((GRAPHIC PIC!!!)))

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by piper2009, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. piper2009

    piper2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, this morning I went out to the coop to check on the girls and I found one of my hens dead outside the run door. I had 7 full sized hens in the coop and one bantam, but my light Brahma was the only one killed or even hurt. When I checked her out I found she had a bite mark on the back of her head, her side had been ripped open, her esophogus was ripped out, and her chest bone was broken. Does anyone have any ideas as to what this might be? We are thinking opossum.

    Here is what she looked like when I found her.
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    Close up of where she was ripped open(see the broken bones).
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    Close up of the bit marks on the back of her head.
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    ~Alex
     
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    12304 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am so sorry fo your loss i love brahmas. perhaps its a stray cat i know we have those they can be pretty sneaky and murderous


    did you hear any thing that night?
     
  3. MamiPollo

    MamiPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know, but I am sorry about your chicken. That is a very sad thing to find in the morning.
     
  4. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hmmm, weird. I don`t think a possum would leave without eating. They usually eat a chicken from the vent and eat the insides. You may have scared off whatever it was. Did it look like she had been dead for a while? Those slash marks are not familiar to me.......Pop
     
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  6. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I thought dog, too, but looking close I think I see three gashes across and one below. Doesn`t look like a dog bite and dogs usually kill everything and have a great time doing it. Stll stumped.........Pop
     
  7. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm a little confused. Do you have a coop outside the run or are you calling the entire coop & run unit a coop? Can you post a pic of your set up so we can see how the bird got outside the run?

    Meanwhile I would suggest locking up the birds at night and laying a piece of plywood down that is sprinkled with flour and attach the carcass in the middle so you can maybe get a footprint of your visitor when they investigate tonight.
     
  8. looptloop

    looptloop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aww, poor girl. I'm sorry or your loss. Hope you can figure out what got her.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I added the graphic pic warning to your title--in the future, best to always do that when posting a picture of this sort. [​IMG]
     
  10. mtngrl812

    mtngrl812 Chillin' With My Peeps

    looks a lot like a bird of prey attack. Started plucking but didn't finish.
     

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