Eviscerated chicken

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by OKprairiegirll, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. OKprairiegirll

    OKprairiegirll Out Of The Brooder

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    I let my chickens out yesterday about 1pm. Most of the flock sticks together but one is crippled and she stays in or near the covered run all the time. When I went to put the hens up about 5pm, I found my little crippled one eviscerated right in front of the run. Feathers all around, poor baby ripped open with ropes of intestines pulled out. I live in a rural area and there are plenty of predators around but I have a good tight fence all around the property and few actually come into the yard on foot. A hawk or an owl would have taken her away I think. My neighbor has cats??? Does anybody have an idea about what got my hen?
     
  2. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Opossum aka possum. I know that it wasn't night or dark or anything like that, but then again I never saw a possum who was wearing a wristwatch.
     
  3. OKprairiegirll

    OKprairiegirll Out Of The Brooder

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    You think? I did have an opossum inside the fence once a couple of years ago (that I actually saw) I am sure there have been a few others. I didn't even think of 'possums being predators. These are my first chickens EVER and I am learning as I go. Thanks.
     

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