decapitated hen

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by poultrycrazy, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. poultrycrazy

    poultrycrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We came home when it was dark and went to put the chickens away to find our only lavender silkie decapitated and her whole neck and her breast skinned. We have weasels, fox possum raccoons and owls. The fence is 4 feet high with 1 by 2 inch squares nd the wire is VERY thick and cant be bent. What could it have been? It was verry cold today... in the 20s and snowing all day.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Is there a top on the pen? If not, my best bet is a hawk. Whatever did it, you can be assured that it will return for another meal. If possible it might be a good idea to keep the chickens locked up for several days.
     
  3. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I Am Going To Guess Owl They Usually Snatch A Head Off And Also A Coon Will Do The Same But Usually A Coon Will Carry It Off But Not Always.........................sorry For Your Loss
     
  4. poultrycrazy

    poultrycrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No top on it... and yes im not letting the out anytime soon

    Thanks for the quick reply
     
  5. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I Have Had Hawks Get Mine But They Have Been Seen Carrying The Whole Bird Off
     
  6. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You don't say if you have a roof on your pen, but that sounds like a hawk That's what they usuallly do, is skin the neck and head, and
    decapitate the bird. Normally we don't have much problem with hawks in the wintertime, but this has been such a mild winter and we had the same type
    of weather here today, so maybe you are in the same area? We had a very bad problem with hawks until late in the year last year.

    So sorry for your loss. If you don't have a roof on your pen, definitely do that. Hang CD's with shiny ribbons tied to them
    around the area where your pen is, so that they flash, spin, and blow. Works well as a hawk deterrent. Putting a roof on will also
    help to deter hawks, coons, and any climbing predator In addition, bury hardware cloth or something similar around the base of the pen
    it will help to prevent predators digging underneath. Lots of people string a hot wire around the outside of the pen as well.
     
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  7. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:We almost never see a hawk carry a chicken off.; in fact I don't think I ever have. Chickens are heavy The hawk will sit right there and eat.
    They don't need to eat much before they are full.
     
  8. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    I Watched It Right Out My Window With My Own Eyes I No They Wll!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:Not saying they WON"t carry one off..just saying they will also sit there and eat them. And that's what usually happens here.
     
  10. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    You Are Right I Seen Them Do That With A Neighbors Chicken They Sat There And Ate It But I Was Real Surprised To See One Carry Mine Off He May Not Have Went Far But I New He Was Gone And Like You Said They Are Heavy
     

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