fox,coyote, hawk ??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by critters, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. critters

    critters Chillin' With My Peeps

    I read an article to help id chicken predators but nothing fit the bill'...

    my cochin silver lace full grown hen was killed..
    her head was gone and one side of her breast was eaten away

    i found her by following the feather trail from her coop....thru the lawn
    and way into the horse field...

    what could have gotten at her??

    i live in the mountains of virginia and have many predators
  2. shmccarthy

    shmccarthy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2013
    Fox will typically carry the prey away, leaving little to no evidence usually only feathers. They bury uneaten prey and save it for later meals.
    Coyote will behave similar to dogs, and attack many at once, usually tearing apart and eating only one or two.
    Hawk will land near or on prey, carrying smaller prey off. They will pin the prey down and eat the back/neck area first.

    What yours sounds like to me is either a possum or a raccoon. Both will typically eat the head, especially possums. They favor the head and the insides. Raccoon will also commonly eat breast meat. Set a live trap baited with raw chicken and hopefully you can catch it!
  3. critters

    critters Chillin' With My Peeps

    thanks for your insight!
  4. redstar14

    redstar14 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2013
    I agree with shmccarthy

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