Devastating loss. Graphic pictures please help!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by HeatherTheMommy, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Going to make this as short and sweet as possible. I have 12 girls and let them free range during the day. This evening at 4 pm i went to lock them up and found my dominique had been killed. She was in the corner between the coop and shed. Whatever it was left her body and head intact. My other girls are fine. What did this in broad day light? Rip girl :([​IMG]
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  2. Ameraucanas

    Ameraucanas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no idea. So sorry. You did everything that you could.
     
  3. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    My guess is a hawk.
     
  4. shahtir101

    shahtir101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Something similar happened to me a couple years ago with my barred rock hen... i think it was a racoon[​IMG]
     
  5. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It was during the day tho so wasnt sure about a racoon? Im so sad she was cornered and trapped :(
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Looks very much like a hawk. Even a Red-tailed Hawk will consume an adult Dominique hen on sight. Timing not consistent with owls, Raccoon and Opossum. Localized consumption about wound site and feathers being plucked consistent with a hawk
     
  7. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also I will add that I live in Delaware
     
  8. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also a few days ago one of my buff orpingtons came in with half of her comb ripped off and bloody from that. Same attacker? Shes doing well now btw.
     
  9. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Quite possibly! Are you keeping them in a run to protect them? He will be back......
     
  10. HeatherTheMommy

    HeatherTheMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they are all in a covered run now and we are installing a camera and a have a heart trap
     

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