Chicken dead with jaw eaten out

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Spruceroost, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. Spruceroost

    Spruceroost Chirping

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    I found my seabright dead with her jaw eaten out rather clean and no other injuries. She was 2 years old. A rat maybe? Any tips on how to catch the little bugger?
     
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  2. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    I am so sorry for your loss.....I have no idea what could have done that to your sweet hen. Best of luck catching that nasty critter!

    Bear hugs! :hugs
     
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  3. Eggcessive

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    Is there any way a,small predator can get into your coop? Some rats will go after feed, but some are meat eaters, and can bite toes. I would look at something like a weasel or raccoon, a possum or skunk, or a cat. If you have a gamecam that you can place inside your coop, it may help. Use rat poison in a locked trap outside your coop to control rats, if they are a problem, or a trap set inside a cage that chickens cannot get to, at night when food is put up. Sorry for your loss.
     
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  4. Spruceroost

    Spruceroost Chirping

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    Good idea. I'll try that
     
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