Is this sick work is of a hawk or ?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by rosiethechicken, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. rosiethechicken

    rosiethechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very sadly, we lost one of our BR chicken today. We had 5 and live in urban area. Last night, they were all the in coop.
    We have automatic coop door and I assumed they all came out this morning.
    In the afternoon went out to give them some treats and only 4 showed up.
    Went through the yard and found a dead chicken in the raspberry bushes. I dont see any wounds,
    but feathers pulled out from bottom of neck and lower area to the belly.
    Is this the work of hawk or other predator ? How come there are no wounds or anything ?
    Did the chicken fall from the tree where hawk might be holding it ?
    This is first time we are raising chickens and its very very sad to let go of one of the girls. :-(
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Hawks are not strong enough to fly off with standard sized chickens; therefore, they will eat them on the ground right where they kill them. Hawks kill as much by impact as by the wounds they make. I would lean toward a hawk kill. Be prepared for the fact that the predator, whatever it is, will return. I would keep the survivors penned up for a week or so and after that only allow supervised free range time.
     
  3. rosiethechicken

    rosiethechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I checked again and saw small wound on the bottom of the neck, right where crop is.
    No other sign of eating.
    I guess it is hawk. Such a waste of beautiful life
     
  4. caralynnp

    caralynnp Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm sorry for your loss.
     
  5. HorizonSon

    HorizonSon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be a opossium. They'll kill and kill without much eating.
     
  6. rosiethechicken

    rosiethechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't seen any opossium around here in years though.
     
  7. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Hawk or owl. Just lost a drake to a great horned owl the other day.
     

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