just ate his head!

chicken granny

Hatching
12 Years
Dec 6, 2007
6
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Fincastle Va
OK you all I need to figure out what killed my silki rooster! Gees he was a spicey little thing but I raised him and he always went 10 miles to beat me up, but the other day I went out to feed and he didn't run up to me to beat me up! I looked down at the bottom of the run and there he was...(broke my heart!) the only thing that was gone was his head. No feathers around no blood...that I could see...Nothing! any one have any idea what it could of been?
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hencackle

Songster
13 Years
Mar 25, 2007
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Telford, TN
Raccoons bite the heads off chickens and drink the blood. The heads are usually left at a distance from where you find the body. Those little "hands" of raccoons may look delicate, but they are deceptively strong.
I'm so sorry about your silkie.
 

chicken granny

Hatching
12 Years
Dec 6, 2007
6
0
7
Fincastle Va
Fincastle! YaY. I have caught racoons and they really don't bother my chickens...(at least I don't think they did) Weasel? well I have never seen one of them, but...just the head? Was really a puzzle for me. I grew up in Parrott, Va. (backwoods) and there never seen a Weasel, but there are a lot of people that said they are in Fincastle? Wonder if true?
 

dozen chickens

Chirping
14 Years
Apr 17, 2007
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Western Colorado
My neighbor lost 3 chickens one night to a fox, and he just took the heads off. DIdnt eat them, just took the heads off, and left it all laying there. She then lost the remaining 2 a couple nights later the same way. I dont know if you have any foxes around, but it sounds a lot like what happened to her.
 

SpottedCrow

Flock Goddess
13 Years
Jan 12, 2007
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Weymouth, Massachusetts
If the dead are numerous and the heads have been decapitated a weasel is your culprit.

I had a coon kill my EE pullet and he took the head and a couple of nibbles of breast meat and ripped her open...
 

justusnak

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Feb 28, 2007
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30
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South Eastern Indiana
Im not sure if you have MINK in your area...but I have seen "personally" the remnants of a mink attack. The remove the head...and sometimes take it with them. Im so sorry you lost your little Silkie roo.
 
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