Any idea what kind of predator?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Gwen, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. Gwen

    Gwen Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Langley, Washington
    Something got in yesterday and got one of our chickens. It ate everything but the wings and feet? Any idea which predator this would be?

    Also, last week we found one chicken in the coop, just laying over dead. No idea what it could have died from. I hadn't noticed it acting sick before. Luckily it doesn't seem to be contagious. The chickens are about 2 years old. It was a BO.
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Well, do you know how it got in? Did it take the bird out or just eat it there, inside the coop or run? I think it could be a bird of prey, because we have falcons downtown where I work, and often, you'll see just wings or feet on the sidewalk......

    Sometimes, a chicken can have a heart attack or stroke....They may be fine one minute, and then dead the next. I would just maybe spend some time watching the flock, to see if you notice any symptoms. It may have just been an isolated thing....

    Take care,
  3. Gwen

    Gwen Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Langley, Washington
    It ate it inside the run. I don't think it was a flying predator because it was pretty well sheltered where we found the wings and feet. It was during the day, inside their 'run.' Their run is surrounded by deer fencing and poultry fencing and is about 3/4 of a acre, most of it is forested, so hawks don't really fly through there. We had them in a different area where hawks were getting them, so we moved them to a much more sheltered area (and larger). When the hawk got them before, which was last summer, he just killed them and didn't really eat them. This was completely devoured ex the wings and feet.

    The only thing I can think of is a neighborhood cat, but I didn't think cats went after chickens.
  4. welasharon

    welasharon Songster

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    Cats normally don't unless it is a young chicken.
  5. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

    Jun 27, 2008
    Southeast AR
    I have had a 'possum do that to one of mine before. I know it was a possum because he got in, but couldn't get out again.
  6. Gwen

    Gwen Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Langley, Washington
    I don't know if we have possums here. We're on Whidbey Island and we don't have as many predators as others areas on the mainland. Racoons and coyotes are our main two, unless you count flying. Then we have eagles, hawks, and owls. Wondering if an owl would have eaten everything but the wings and feet. It would make the most sense that it was an owl, ex for the daytime thing. I'll have to ask around to see if we have possums. We are completely fenced in so I personally don't see any of the predators.
  7. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Quote:A lot of times when weasels kill they do not leave much sign they were there they kill most times and just lap up /drink the blood and leave
  8. Gwen

    Gwen Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Langley, Washington
    Pretty sure we don't have weasels here!
  9. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Most birds of prey don't eat the bones.
    They strip off just the meat

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