Daytime chicken attack

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Jayme Joslyn, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. Jayme Joslyn

    Jayme Joslyn New Egg

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    We live in Florida and one of our hens was trying to lay when a predator came into the coop and ate her head. What kind of animal would do this?
     
  2. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a weasel.
     
  3. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no! Or maybe a raccoon? I don't really know, but many normally nocturnal predators can and do come out in the day.
    We had happily free ranging chickens before a predator attack, and sadly they are all locked up now.
    Anyway, welcome to BYC, good luck to you, keep them safe if you can.
     
  4. Allisha

    Allisha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a weasel, or a mink, or a fischer.
    They can, and DO come out during the day to find food.
    A Fischer came out during the day about a month back, went into the coop and decapitated a hen.
    We believe our roosters FINALLY chased the thing off after it feasted for a bit, because I think we would have had more casualties.
    I do not blame them though, a fischer is LARGE
     
  5. 100chicklover

    100chicklover Out Of The Brooder

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    It could be a wild cat
     
  6. bechicken

    bechicken Out Of The Brooder

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    We also live in Florida. We have seen Hawks take the heads off of some chicken behind our office.
     
  7. jamie0922

    jamie0922 Just Hatched

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    So sorry to hear that. Being in the southeast, it sounds like either a raccoon or a hawk.
     

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