Dead Pullet

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mshap, May 26, 2011.

  1. mshap

    mshap Out Of The Brooder

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    Just got home from work and found one of my girls dead, missing her head. Her body was open and partially eaten. This was done during the day, so not a raccoon. Any ideas of what got her. Would a hawk do this? I've been searching the forum, but have not yet come across this question.

    Thank you for your help.
     
  2. mshap

    mshap Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wanted to add more info. My dead girl was loose in a fenced yard.

    Thanks.
     
  3. Huskeriowa

    Huskeriowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry for your loss. No idea here but I am curious too so I wanted to keep your question bumped.
     
  4. Spud Chicken

    Spud Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Usually when a hawk takes its prey there isn't any evudence except maybe some feathers. Do you have skunks in your area? Sorry for loss.
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    It could have been a raccoon. They're primarily night feeders, but will feed in the day if an easy meal presents itself.
     
  6. mshap

    mshap Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmmm. We have two large dogs that would chase a skunk or raccoon out of the yard like they do the squirrels. I haven't seen any around my house, but neighbors a few blocks away said that a raccoon was eating the koi in their pond at night. I guess we'll never know.

    Thank you all. Such a sad day. My one remaining girl seems to miss her companion.
     
  7. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How young? Squirrels can be pretty nasty to chicks. Or Weasels?
     
  8. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear about your loss. I'm sure she meant a lot to you and her buddy.
     
  9. edgroger

    edgroger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what about rodents? [​IMG]

    Sorry for your loss as well....[​IMG]
     
  10. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry for your loss. This scares me. I let my girls roam around in my fenced yard all day. Mine are bigger hens though. Don't know what it could be.[​IMG]
     

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