Found body minus head and skin on neck - leave flock in?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BennieAnTheJets, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. BennieAnTheJets

    BennieAnTheJets Songster

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    so sad - lost Dori today - a 5 and 1/2 year old Coral Blue Guinea Fowl hen

    she did not come home and I found her body with the head missing and the neck bones all bloody and without skin attached to the dead body in a bush, under some dense weeds

    do you think it was a racoon? owl is unlikely, do to the hidden, on-the-ground location

    we had a racoon here lately that the dogs chased up into a tree at night but I did not have a problem during the day before - Dori was attacked in daylight at 5 pm - gets dark at 6 pm now

    I could put a trap where the body was left but them I would have to kill the trapped racoon - hm - not really up for that

    what should I do? would you leave the flock in? for how long?
     
  2. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    I am so sorry about your sweet Dori! Bear hugs! :hugs
    I would definitely keep the rest of your flock in until you catch that critter! Good luck!

    I would use the carcass to trap that Raccoon!!
     
  3. Jammerz

    Jammerz Chirping

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    I don't think it was a coon- why didn't it pack her off??
     
  4. Suzi18

    Suzi18 Crossing the Road

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    Definitely leave them in. Whatever it was may be back for another easy meal. Sorry about your Guinea
     
  5. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

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    Hi Hannah
    What do you mean by pack her off?
     
  6. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

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    Hi Hannah
    I agree, that is one of the best baits to use in a trap.
     
  7. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    I'm so sorry for your loss.
    The raccoon will be back.
    Do you have a neighbor that will kill it for you?
     
  8. BennieAnTheJets

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    we have two dogs - do you think they may do the trick or do you think I really need to kill the racoon?

    I just hate to kill the wildlife

    would cat food work in the trap if I go that route?

    Maybe a neighbor with a gun would be able to shoot it in the trap - but that does not seem right to me

    yet - I do not want to lose more birds - they are like family to us - and the predator just ripped her head off - what a waste of life

    this was Dori - she started in my bathtub in 2013 as a keet and would have been 6 years old in June - I have spent pretty much a few hours every day with her since then - I'll miss her Dori_spring2017.jpg Dori_andFriends.jpg Dori and Friends.jpg
     
  9. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    The raccoon needs to die so your babies can live.

    :hugs:hugs:hugs
     
  10. blackandtan

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    The dogs can get badly hurt by a raccoon if they don’t know what they’re doing. Trap it and kill it, at least by using her as bait she can help save her friends
     

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