it finally happened to me

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by janjan1, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. janjan1

    janjan1 Songster

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    After reading everyone's postings about losing their chickens, I couldn't really relate. Well now I can. Lost one of my first hens, naturally one of my favorites. It was a huge EE. I found the feathers this morning but nothing else. But while looking around I found the remains of her body. Her head was gone and her breast was ripped open, eaten on one side and all internal organs were missing also. I assume it was a coyote. Anyone else have this type of killing happen?
    Thanks
    Jan
     
  2. rcentner

    rcentner Songster

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    [​IMG] I am sorry you had to join the club. I joined the club this past spring. Keep the rest under tight watch, whatever it was will be back for more.
     
  3. BigSkyChickens

    BigSkyChickens Free Bird

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    Sorry you lost a chicken.

    I'm no expert, but I've heard racoons tend to eat the head and leave the body. [​IMG]

    I didn't sleep well at all last night, because I saw a big ol' racoon hanging around as I was locking up my 2 coops of chickens. I didn't even see it at first - the little girls alerted me to it's presence with their unusual twittering (Big girls reacted by being completely quiet and still).

    I tried to scare it away by smacking the shovel on the ground and throwing rocks at it, but it was very slow to wander off.
     
  4. tomcatbubba

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    If it was slow to wander off it may have been sick. You probably should have killed it.
     
  5. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Songster

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    [​IMG] I am so sorry for your loss! [​IMG] I don't think coyote, because it would have eaten nearly all of it. I would lean more towards a raccoon. Raccoons can be vicious; last year one killed a BYC member's cat and disemboweled it. [​IMG]

    ** According to the sticky at the top "identifying predators" it says "

    "When you find a bird dead ... with its head and crop missing, your visitor was a raccoon. If the head and back of the neck are missing, suspect a weasel or mink. If the head and neck are missing, and feathers are scattered near a fence post, the likely perp is a great horned owl" **
     
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  6. DragonEggs

    DragonEggs Songster

    May 11, 2010
    Borger, TX
    It's always the chicken that happens to be my favorite or the one I get particularly attached to that dies. Happened again today. We were starting to get close, she came inside a lot, but was the smallest and most picked on. She got pecked in the eye and got an eye infection. I had been treating it but after the rains finished we got SWARMS of bugs and they went directly for her. She was dead before I made it back from the feed store with the bug dust.
     
  7. tinychicky

    tinychicky Songster

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    oh that's really sad, i'm so sorry! [​IMG] i have never lost a chicken to a predator, although on of my bantam hens was almost taken by a northern goshawk, one of a pair that has taken up residence in our yard. i was standing about a yard away when the hawk swooped down. i think it may have hesitated when it saw me and that's why it missed her. it was close enough to leave wing prints in the mid-winter snow right over where the hen, the very smallest of the flock, had been standing in it. i grabbed the banty and ran back to the barn- i think i was more scared than the chicken was! if it makes you feel better, give another chicken a hug- it was the best remedy for me when my hen bumble died, quite suddenly, at only a year old. good luck and i hope you can find a worthy substitute for your favorite hen!
     

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