Is this a Hawk or Owl attack? (Warning....Disturbing Picture)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bemo28, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. bemo28

    bemo28 New Egg

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    I came out today around noon to collect eggs and feed my girls only to find feathers spread all over the pen and one of my ladies laying dead near the coop. Whatever did it took her head and ate through her chest cavity. All the other hens seem fine. From reading on the forums, my first though is that it is a hawk attack. Any other ideas?

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  2. jlovelady

    jlovelady Out Of The Brooder

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    Did she have any marks on her back? Like from talons
     
  3. tinydancer87

    tinydancer87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkie that recently was killed by a hawk that got into the coop (as well as her three babies) had similar injuries. Her head was there, but all the skin was gone, and it was eaten down the neck and into the breast area. One of the babies was also missing its head.
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Every time I've ever watched a hawk feed, they plucked the breast and started eating there.

    I think something besides a raptor got your bird
     
  5. Cindlady

    Cindlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A hawk just got one of mine today, looked just like that. If it happen during the day I would say hawk, dusk or dawn owl.
     
  6. Hiram

    Hiram Out Of The Brooder

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    It's definitely a bird of prey. I think hawk.
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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