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Help me figure out this predator, please

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Gallagher, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. Gallagher

    Gallagher Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] I went to my coop today and found 2 of my young flock dead. They are about 5-6 weeks old and each one is the cutest. It is a weird death in that each one has one small wound ...hard to find...on it's neck and there is a little blood but nothing else. Maybe a teaspoon of blood at each site and that is it...no other wounds. They were both inside the hen house, we have kept hens here for years. I know I found a rat hole this year and boarded that up good, as we had one chick completely disappear the first week and I can not imagine anything getting thru that entrance again. Could it have been something that just killed and sucked the blood out? The heads were intact. Any hep anyone could give would be terrific, thanks, Bridget
     
  2. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    Quote:Mink or weasel.
     
  3. Redcatcher

    Redcatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2010
    At My Desk!
    Weasels but they tend to remove the heads. Possibly they didn't have time.
     
  4. remadl700

    remadl700 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Place some rat traps in the coop with bait for starters so the birds can't get to them. Send pics of them so i can see the damage. The rat attacks usually have lots off feathers pulled and as stated before the weasel and minks will rip off the heads. They like eating the crops.
     
  5. ruffedgrouse

    ruffedgrouse Out Of The Brooder

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    Weasel they like to eat the blood
     
  6. Silkie Sue

    Silkie Sue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sarnia, Ontario
    My vote is Mink.
    In May, one came and killed 10 Silkies and 5 ducklings....... he just punctured the back of their heads and sucked out their blood.I hope you catch him and do what needs to be done....
    here is the one that came back 5 days later
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    very sorry for your loss.... i know its awful to walk into such a massacre... [​IMG]
     
  7. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's a Chupacabre!!! It's name means "goat sucker" because it sucks blood like a vampire, however, it attacks chickens and other pets and livestock.

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