I lost a pullet today?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Litewings, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Litewings

    Litewings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Folks today when I went out to check my birds I discovered a 3 month old hen dead. She was laying flat face down and her feathers didn't look very disturbed. At first I thought she had just died. When I turned her over I could see where something had eaten her belly and chest out. Her head, neck, and every where else on her body looked fine and intact. Only her belly and chest was eaten. I locked up the other birds in the coop and I've set a live trap inside the lot in hopes of getting lucky. What kind of predator does this sound like to you guys?

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  2. Kennyog

    Kennyog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most likely a coon.They usually eat the breast,sometimes the head too,but not always.Hope you catch it.
     
  3. Litewings

    Litewings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's the best bait?
    Right now I've got some canned cat food (chicken) in the live trap.
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  4. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

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  5. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

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    Quote:That should work. Or a can of tuna. The smellier the better.
     
  6. Barred Rocker

    Barred Rocker cracked egg

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    Quote:coons cannot resist sardines. I've trapped many raccoons using it.
     
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  7. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Always thought a coon would not leave the head behind, but would eat it first. Is it possible an owl or hawk did it? Is run covered?
     
  8. Litewings

    Litewings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The run is "partly" coverd. There is room for a hawk to enter. I'll seal up the middle part of the run as soon as this snow storm allows.
    Yesterday evening before the snow storm I saw a hawk swooping down at the coop. None of the girls were out so he didn't stop. He just kept going into the woods.
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