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headless hen (a little graphic)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by flip9109, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. flip9109

    flip9109 Songster

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    I found on of my japanese blacktail hens laying on the ground with her chest torn open and her head pulled off which i found about 25 ft away with a pile of feathers.
    My yard has a 6ft privacy fence around it with No holes on the bottom so nothing can walk crawl or dig in. So it had to be a cat or a hawk right? My first thought was hawk untill i found the head so far away. my experiance with hawks says they grab and go. but there is nowhere for a cat to ambush near where the attack took place. I cant figure out what it was. What do you folks think?
     
  2. suenrob

    suenrob Songster

    Jan 22, 2008
    Ft. Myers, FL
    Wow!!! Thats aweful Flip. Sorry for your loss. I don't have any idea what might have happened, just wanted to give my condolances and to welcome you to BYC. Hope it dosen't happen again!!!!
     
  3. crazychickens

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    I had a great horned owl, rip the heads of a few of mine.
     
  4. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    Maybe something like a weasel or something?
     
  5. russell

    russell In the Brooder

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    its sounds like a hawk to me. I had a really bad time with them last spring. what you describe is also what i found.
     
  6. flip9109

    flip9109 Songster

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    I've seen owls do it to pheasants at night. but I've never heard of it in mid-day.

    no weasels no way for it to get in. whatever it was had to be able jump 6ft of fly
     
  7. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    :aww im sorry about your hen
     
  8. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Defeathered and headless is a bird of prey...I'm sorry for your loss.
     
  9. FLchook

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    Can a weasel climb?? Just a thought.... Could have been opposum or coon? Not sure where you live, so you might not even have those creatures.

    I just had something break a hole into the side of my coop last night, and found something like you described. The hole was about 4 foot off the ground too! It seems to me that predators can do some amazing stunts to get to our feathered friends. [​IMG]

    Im so sorry for your loss, its always so tough. [​IMG]

    Shannon
     
  10. flip9109

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    I'm leaning your way Spottedcrow. I've just never seen one stick around to eat in confined area. I had similar evidance from cat attacks but they were always near a bush or somthing they can hide in an wait for the right time to pounce. This was out in the open a few feet from the fence.

    (those paticular kitties are no longer a threat)
     
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2008

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