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Headless Rooster

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bradley-c, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. bradley-c

    bradley-c Hatching

    Nov 6, 2013
    Cookville, Tx
    Last night a predator killed one of my game roosters and ate the head of off it, any ideas?

  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    I'm sorry for your loss. That sounds the modus operandi of a raccoon.
  3. LTygress

    LTygress Songster

    Sep 12, 2012
    OR... a possum.

    I had a hen killed two days ago and her head was missing. The predator had to climb into the pen to get her (chain-link). I knew the little pest would be coming back for the rest of her, so I moved the extra-large trap right beside the pen, and put the rest of her carcass in the bait basket. The very next day, there was a possum in there. He was only a baby (she was only a bantam) but the other two chickens in that same pen haven't been touched since. The possum was relocated through Animal Control yesterday, and once I get the trap back I plan to reset it just in case.

    But the fact that I caught a possum and the other two chickens in there haven't been touched, tells me that possum was probably the culprit. But the evidence is the same - missing head.
  4. twin2ty

    twin2ty In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2013
    We lost two hens like that. Set up the night vision camera and some bait and caught a opossum in the pen. Wish we could have seen where it got in at, but I think the camera scared it away, because we never caught it again.
  5. cgmccary

    cgmccary Songster

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    A number of predators will eat only the head. Tell more. Where was he found? Had he been moved from original location? Was he roosting enclosed? in the open? Opossum is a possibility for sure but there are others (GHO will eat only a head sometimes).
  6. bwr719

    bwr719 In the Brooder

    Apr 24, 2013
    Agree on the coon
  7. bradley-c

    bradley-c Hatching

    Nov 6, 2013
    Cookville, Tx
    I shined it's eyes this morning with a flashlight just before daylight. It won't survive tonight, whether it's a coon or a 'possum, and yes the rooster was in a 4x4 pen. It scared him down off the roost and caught him close to the wire.

  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    If it ate it's head thru the wire, I'd guess coon....not sure is possum would do that, but a coon sure would.

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