Dead RIR.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Winslowmom, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Winslowmom

    Winslowmom New Egg

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    We just found our RIR decapitated and ripped open in our coop. My husband thinks it was a hen fight but I can't believe another hen would be so vicious. We recently added 2 new hens about 3 weeks ago 1 being a large bardrock. We found both feathers in the area of the fight. I can't believe my bardrock did this. We have a large population of hawks in the area but the only thing missing is the head. I say predator....but just in case has anyone had a hen be that brutal?
     
  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

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    [​IMG] i am sorry for your lose. it is very doubtful a hen did this. you have a predator. i have forgotten how it goes but by looking at what part is missing,ie;the head, you can find out what you have.
     
  3. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry you lost a chicken.
     
  4. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even a rooster wouldn't "rip open" another chicken and since the head is missing it is definitely a predator, probably a skunk since the only thing missing is the head.
     
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Just one one hen? In the coop? Is the coop open enough for a hawk? Could be other critters-raccoons, possums. Usually when chickens cannibalize one of their own they usually rip out the butt -that area is easier to rip apart.


    Sorry for your loss.
     
  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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  7. Winslowmom

    Winslowmom New Egg

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    She was ripped open and the egg she was carrying was near her. My husband wasn't sure if her head was mauled or missing. He found her in the pen under the coop. My birds have been very noisy since the introduction of the new birds. They are very quiet since the incident. It occurred about 9am. After feeding time. Thanks for all the replies so far.
     
  8. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Was any meat missing from her ?
     
  9. Winslowmom

    Winslowmom New Egg

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    No.
     
  10. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Possum, maybe?
     

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