Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by wantbantams, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. wantbantams

    wantbantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2012
    I came home from work yesterday to find my bantam "Pirate" dead under the coop. The other chickens were eating her. I looked into the coop and saw that they had eaten all of their food while I was gone. I thought that there was plenty of food there. So now I am asking myself. Was she killed by a hawk and my chickens then pulled her under the coop and ate her. OR did they peck her and kill her. When I found her she was missing her head but her bottom beak. Then her neck bone was there and all of her innards were cleaned out, but the rest of the carcass was present and still had feathers. It was like just the top part of her was missing. I am concerned because I am afraid to leave them alone now. What can I do to prevent this in the future? Anybody have experience with this or advice? Thanks!
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I suspect something killed it and they took advantage of the protein.
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Something else killed her. If the other birds killed her, the head would be the last to go.
  4. wantbantams

    wantbantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2012
    I had to take the day off of work today because my son is sick. I went out to check on the chickens and I saw the evil creature that killed one of my dear bird friends. The bird of Prey had the nerve to be under my coop eating what was left of her that I couldn't get out. Not happy about that, but I did scare it away. Thanks!

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