Head missing on free range bird

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by boomercide, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. boomercide

    boomercide Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have hens that free range and so dose my nahbor I came home today too find feathers in the yard I lost 2 birds I was able too find one in some bushes and its head and neck was missing my second bird I could not find just feathers from it in different spots and my nahbor lost a bird same day in the same attack but I could not find his bird ether I also found yolk in a beating box and some yolk on the ramp but no shells any where this happened mid day I'm gesso g yard is wide open too any one have an idea on what could of done this too my birds? Please help!!!
     
  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Red Fox. Carcasses you cannot find are likely dismembered and cached within a couple hundred yards of kill site.
     
  3. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say a hawk. I've lost 4 hens to a severed head. I caught a hawk on the carcass of two of them. A fox or a coyote will grad it and run. You won't find and feathers.
     
  4. bantamrooster

    bantamrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Never had a fox just take the head and neck
     
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  5. centrarchid

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    I have seen it before and head and neck not actually eaten. Happens when fox working a large target, especially when multiple chickens also involved. Decapitating is quick kill. Fox runs about killing as fast as it can. Then it comes back policing up bodies one at a time. Fox does not want to carry a bird that gives alarm call as carried off. Head and neck would be a part easily policed up. Hawk will not kill multiple birds in one visit.
     
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  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Bird size important also. Hawk will not pack off something weighing more than a couple of lbs.
     
  7. bantamrooster

    bantamrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya idk if it was hawk but doesnt sound like fox.
    Ive had fox taking head and neck off of body but took the body and left head and neck behind. Never to it or came back for it.
    Lost a few birds this way earlier this year. First time ive ever had head and neck left.
    Dogs caught red fox when it couldnt make it through fence with a live adult duck in its mouth.
    Fox got away but hasnt returned. Duck also got away and lived.
     
  8. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Red fox. A hawk is not capable of this
     
  9. boomercide

    boomercide Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The birds it killed where Wyandotte and a EE so they where good size birds full grow.
     
  10. boomercide

    boomercide Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And what ever it was did not come back today if it was a fox would it not come back everyday till it killed them all?
     

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