Ideas on what killed my hen?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by TSW99, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. TSW99

    TSW99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got home late the other day and it was already dark and I walk in my coop to see a decapitated hen torn up. All my other babies were scared to death, and I don't know what killed her, mabe a hawk or ratcoon? It looks like her insides were picked out there are many hawks in the area but I didn't think they would go in my coop?
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    Sorry about the grainy photo it's all I got cause I put the dead hen under a turned over wheelbarrow to bury in the morning but something dug her out.
    Any ideas on who the culprit is?
     
  2. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    My guess would be racoon or weasel. Hawk pluck the feathers out and leave a circle of them around the body. Raccoons are notorious for eating heads.
     
  3. Bigwig

    Bigwig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have minks in you area? Because they will take the head off sometimes.
     
  4. TSW99

    TSW99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here in florida there are minks but they are not common at all
    I wish I knew when it happened because I was gone all day up in till around 9pm
    The head wasn't eaten it was just sitting by the body
     
  5. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Do you have possums there? That'd be another possibility. Had one take out a pullet just last night.
     
  6. TSW99

    TSW99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes we have possums
    so would yall think that hawks are pretty much ruled out?
     
  7. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    There is always a possibility of a hawk, as they have been reported to follow chooks into a coop, but it is more likely a different predator. If it happened after dark, I'd say not a hawk. Also, hawks stand on their prey and rip it apart, so most of their leftovers show signs of that. I'd be looking for a furry, 4 footed culprit, JMO... sorry for your loss and good luck
     
  8. TSW99

    TSW99 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alright well I will have to be more mindfully since there is a preditor in the area.
    Thanks to all who helped
    -Travis
     
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2015

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