Chicken died???? Weasel?

doIreallylikeeggsthismuch

In the Brooder
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Apr 20, 2010
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Safe and sound last night. Went out this am and one of my year old hens is laying there dead. She was acting fine. Eating well, drinking well and laying eggs. I have seen a weasel around the hen house. Would a weasel kill a chicken. I did not see any blood. Confused any light anyone can shed on this would be great. I realize I do not have much information but that is all I know.
 

bobbi-j

Crossing the Road
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Mar 15, 2010
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Yes, weasels will kill a chicken and not leave much of a sign. If you look on the neck, or under the wing next to the body (wing-pits??) you might find a couple of puncture marks. They will bite and then drink/lap/consume (no matter how I say it I will get corrected, but you get the picture) the blood from the chicken. I've had it happen here. I lost a dozen 6-week old chicks to a weasel in one night once. The only injuries they had were two little puncture wounds in the neck or under the wings. They can get into your coop through a very small space, so it may be hard to find where it got in.
 
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chick4chicks

Songster
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Apr 6, 2008
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Sorry for your loss, yep it very well could be that dang weasel. I lost about 8 full grown chickens to a weasel. Try to get it soon. Good luck.
 

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