First tragedy

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by fuzziecreatures, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. fuzziecreatures

    fuzziecreatures Chillin' With My Peeps

    We lost one of our 3 1/2 mos old cockerels to a predator. I don't know what it was. The head and neck were gone and lots of feathers around. We set 2 traps for tonight, one medium size with a partial can of tuna and 1 large trap with the rest of the carcass with tuna water drizzled on it.
    The ground was dry so no tracks or fur seen.
    What predator kills and only takes the head and neck?
  2. PioneerPrincess

    PioneerPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2009
    I'm so sorry. [​IMG] Maybe a coon did it?
  3. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    Yeah , you need to lock them up at night. Coons do that
    sorry for your loss:hugs
  4. fuzziecreatures

    fuzziecreatures Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can't just lock the boys up. We separated them from the rest of the group because of overbreeding and a lack of egg production.
  5. fuzziecreatures

    fuzziecreatures Chillin' With My Peeps

    My DH made a better stucture for them. No more casualties so far. Have not caught anything in the traps though. I saw an owl fly away from the woodline late last night.
  6. tclegg

    tclegg Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2011
    Yeah--usually coons--kill like that--or grab a leg and bite what they can..owls just swoop and grab the whole chicken if they can...Sorry for your loss... [​IMG]
  7. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2008
    Humboldt County, CA
    It wasn't an owl.. owls grab their prey and haul it off to eat it. I would imagine a raccoon. Or a skunk!

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