Chicken CSI - lost my juvi hen.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by DixieChicken78, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. DixieChicken78

    DixieChicken78 Songster

    Mar 25, 2013
    Wicksburg, AL
    Found one of my young hens yesterday inside the pen dead. Feathers were everywhere. From her "waist" up her feathers were gone. She wasn't eaten or torn up. Two punctures on her breast. We found no tracks but there is a lot of dried grass in that area. She was left inside the pen and the fence wasn't damaged. Anyone have any ideas on what it could be so that we can deal with this predator?

  2. Well, you said, "... She was left inside the pen and the fence wasn't damaged...." so I assume that there was no top on the pen.

    Therefor I venture to say that it was a hawk or some other raptor because they typically pluck the feathers from a chicken before they begin feeding.

    You know on CSI there are usually people taking snapshots of the crime scene and body, did you take any?

    REDNECK TRAPPER In the Brooder

    Feb 16, 2014
    Could be a coon or possum.

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