Anyone know how to identify feathers? Possibly a hawk?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Krah24, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. Krah24

    Krah24 In the Brooder

    May 30, 2013
    We lost one of our best hens last night :(
    We found this feather in the coop.. It's brown and none of our hens have any brown feathers anywhere.
    Can anyone identify it?

    My husband says he heard the chickens freaking out this morning at dawn but when he looked out he didn't see anything and since he was busy with our baby he didn't do any further investigating.
    Once baby went back to sleep he went out to the yard to feed the chickens and found our hen dead.
    He head was severed almost completely off but not ripped off like what a coon does and her chest was ripped open. I've heard this is how hawks and opossums both kill chickens. There were feathers everywhere,that's where we found this brown feather.
    She was too big for the hawk to take off with her.. At least that's what I'm told.

    Any ideas?
  2. wigglesme

    wigglesme In the Brooder

    Jul 22, 2014
    Northern New Jersey
    I don't have an answer but just wanted to say I'm sorry for your loss.
  3. AZChiknGoddess

    AZChiknGoddess Songster

    May 7, 2014
    I think that looks like an owl feather.
  4. RandomDuck

    RandomDuck In the Brooder

    First if all, I'm so sorry for your loss.. I just lost my egg raised Guinea hen to a hawk a month ago.. All that was left were feathers. And yes, I am sure that is a hawk feather.
    If the chicken is to big to carry, it will eat it then and there, with all other chickens watching.. That's probably why there were all scared this morning.. Well, sorry, and keep me updated :D
    I always need someone to talk to..
  5. RandomDuck

    RandomDuck In the Brooder

    Ps, I forgot to mention
    Hawks usually strike in the morning,
    But yet that could of been an owl too..
    I don't know why you would want to know what killed your poor hen, but if it happened to me, I would probably want to know..

    Anyway, So sorry :hugs
  6. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Songster

    Jun 10, 2014
  7. Krah24

    Krah24 In the Brooder

    May 30, 2013
    Thank you
  8. Krah24

    Krah24 In the Brooder

    May 30, 2013

    We live in Oregon so there is a lot of predatory birds here but we're in a urban area so it seems strange but I have spotted hawks and eagles in the past.
    We also have huge trees and a big open lot next to us.

    Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2014
  9. Krah24

    Krah24 In the Brooder

    May 30, 2013

    Thank you.
  10. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Not a hawk. Great-horned owl. Figure out how it flies or walks in. Then block off until sun comes up.

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