daylight killing

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Dontlickthechicks, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Dontlickthechicks

    Dontlickthechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I walked outside the other day waiting to be greeted by my free range flock and found it strangely quiet. finally I hear a chicken call out to me ( a few min's after I walked by) some of my girls had been hiding under the deck and were very reluctant to come out. I knew something was wrong and quickly called out to the rest. they were hiding good because they came out of the edge of the woods under low laying branches where I had already quickly looked. all were there but one.... my poor black langshan Flowers lay lifeless under the apple tree. her intestines were close by in a neat pile. her head was not bitten off , but I do think it had a puncture mark... her side had been eaten and there were a small to moderate amount of scattered feathers. it seemed she had been moved a few feet from where she was killed (a blood spot in the snow and the pile of intestines). I have never had any overnight attacks and nothing has ever tried to get into the coop, but I had occasionally lost a chicken here and there during daylight hours.....the last one being at the end of last winter and her head had been bitten off. at first I thought maybe a dog, but then I saw the pile of innards and ruled that out. If I had a raccoon problem, wouldn't I know it by now? the attacks seem random and few and far between, but I still worry about whatever it was being on the lookout for another easy kill. I have a large dog that I let out several times a day to check out the yard and mark his territory... any thoughts? RIP Flowers girl
     
  2. DraigAthar

    DraigAthar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dogs are more likely to be daytime killers. Also hawks.
     
  3. Dontlickthechicks

    Dontlickthechicks Out Of The Brooder

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    well that was my first thought too, but the way the intestines were removed and in a neat pile off to the side made me wonder if I was dealing with something else. She was killed under my huge apple tree with lots of branches so I had also ruled out by air ( I had to crawl under to get her out) But who knows! Thanks
     
  4. JessyGii

    JessyGii Out Of The Brooder

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    It is probably a hawk, falcon , or eagle. the same thing happened to one of my ducks and it was from a falcon,
     

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