Dead Hen.. What Caused The Death? (Unpleasant Image Warning)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by XLoveChickensX, Jun 17, 2018.

  1. XLoveChickensX

    XLoveChickensX In the Brooder

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    Hello, recently one of my younger hens got attacked- and killed by some animal that snuck into the coop overnight.
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    I'm not sure what animal did this, but it's not pretty. My young turkey got bit or something near a wing.(I don't have pictures, sadly.) He's okay. As for the hen, the whole neck bone is visible, and half the skull is too.
    20180616_085416.jpg The neck bone was snapped partially as well.
    20180616_085430.jpg 20180616_085657.jpg The skin was like a coat. Just- off. Peeled.

    Does anybody have an idea what animal did this? I've been thinking it was either a raccoon or opossum. I'm not sure? Help and thanks?
     

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    Raccoons will do that. They reach through and pull birds through fences or holes, and eat or chew on what they grab.

    Mink and weasel too like the head and neck.
     
  3. XLoveChickensX

    XLoveChickensX In the Brooder

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    Ah. I've also read opossums have that ability, or is that wrong?
     
  4. micstrachan

    micstrachan Crowing Premium Member

    My first thought was raccoon. A raccoon tore the face off my chinchilla when I was a child.so sorry for your loss.
     
  5. #1HenGranny

    #1HenGranny In the Brooder

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    Looks like a racoon did that. One got one of my silky hens recently.
     

  6. TK421

    TK421 Songster

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    Opossums could, but raccoon is far more likely. I’m not sure a weasel would go after a turkey so I’d go with coon.
     
  7. XLoveChickensX

    XLoveChickensX In the Brooder

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    A chinchilla? That's really sad. :(
     
  8. Everything with teeth gnaw, chew, grind, rip apart, and generally demolish the bone structure of their poultry victims. Raptors like hawks only strip away thin strips of flesh. I say that your villain is a hawk or other raptor.
     
  9. Doc7

    Doc7 Chirping

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    Doubt a hawk went into his coop overnight...
     

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