Dead chicken

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lesgo54, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. lesgo54

    lesgo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, i need help identifying what got one of my chickens. Whatever it was did it in the day time. It ate the head and most of the neck. Also most of the feathers were pulled from its back but nothing had been eaten.
     
  2. lovepolands xox

    lovepolands xox Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you have a dog?
     
  3. spangledcornish

    spangledcornish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if they are free ranging could be a hawk
     
  4. StruckBy

    StruckBy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also would have guessed dog.

    Raptors generally start with the breast.
     
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  5. lesgo54

    lesgo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No dogs that i know of. Most likelymamhawk. The birds were free ranging. Im thinking it was a fox.
     
  6. lesgo54

    lesgo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I set the live trap and caught a opossum. He will not be back ever again.
     
  7. lovepolands xox

    lovepolands xox Out Of The Brooder

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    If there was one there could be a family of them
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Was probably a hawk....possums eat from the rear end, dog probably wouldn't have eaten any of it and fox would have taken the whole carcass away.
     
  9. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Bird of pray, sorry for your loss.[​IMG]
     
  10. lesgo54

    lesgo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I caught another opposum last night. He will not be back.
     

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