Chickens killed but not Eaten

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Mello-Bee, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. Mello-Bee

    Mello-Bee Hatching

    Dec 17, 2012
    I had 17 chickens early morning something attacked them. 8 dead, only 3 with wounds, the rest dead in a pile of feathers, I think there necks were broken, they were spread out over 7 acres. some on lawn some on in the woods, only 2 were serious wounds any idea on what could have done this the cool was left open last night,

  2. Christabelle

    Christabelle Songster

    Jun 22, 2012
    Dayton NV
    Dog, they like to kill for fun.
  3. biggest suspect: A dog. Dogs often will maim and kill many if not all chickens for sport and not eat them.
  4. Farmergreen

    Farmergreen Chirping

    Oct 22, 2010
    Skunk Wiped out my whole flock once never ate any just killed and left them
  5. Kev

    Kev Crowing

    Jan 13, 2008
    Sun City, California
    that is dog. they catch one, once it is dead they get bored with it and go on to the next exciting one(aka still alive) catch it.. kill it.. repeat. That is why they are so destructive. And on top of it are the owners who just don't care(chickens? so what?) or can't be responsilble- keeps saying sorry but you keep seeing their dog out again... and again.....

    if the yard looks like a pillow fight using feathered pillows, that is classic dog attack clue too. They shake the chickens about. think about it- dogs shake their toys, same predator behavior.

    Be prepared, if you find the dog and owners, more than likely resolution will be very very very difficult, upsetting. It is no wonder so many just use SSS.

  6. CowGrrrl

    CowGrrrl Songster

    Jul 20, 2013
    Dog - they kill but don't eat.
  7. ellend

    ellend Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
    cleveland, ohio
    Weasels will also kill an entire coop full of birds, leaving them here and there, sometimes in piles, often uneaten. You'd have to reseach their kill method and likely feather distribution; I can't answer to that.
  8. Whatever it was, like I said most likely a dog, will almost definitely be back. It has found a place to have a brutally great time. Be on high alert or you may lose the rest.
  9. str8m8

    str8m8 In the Brooder

    Sep 2, 2013
    Moorina Australia
    Fox.they kill all then take one by was disturbed before it was finished i would say.i find they also bite off the wings so its easyer to carry back to the den . you can trap them with a cage trap but you need to change a few things and bury the floor and make it appear to be the coop entrance throw chook poo in it.that fox walked past your coop every night waiting for that chance.set up a camera and il guarantee you see a fox .

  10. str8m8

    str8m8 In the Brooder

    Sep 2, 2013
    Moorina Australia
    Also early morning is fox all over.

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