just the meat on the necks is eaten by predator

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by patrickj, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. patrickj

    patrickj Out Of The Brooder

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    This has happened twice in the past two weeks. I find a dead hen
    with the meat around the necks eaten and nothing else...maybe
    some of the head.

    anyone have experience with this predator?
     
  2. Greyfox Farm

    Greyfox Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's hard to tell for sure, but weasel is my best guess. They can get through a TINY hole and will typically bite in the neck area. The good news is they are fairly easy to trap. Check out Youtube for "weasel box." Sorry for your loss, good luck trapping.
     
  3. qayaqgirl

    qayaqgirl New Egg

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    If you could give a few more details of how this happened, it might be helpful.
    This sounds like it could be racoons. We had several nights in a row where we found a dead chickens (one each night) with it's neck severed, in our mesh summer coop. What we finally realized was that above the nesting boxes was a section of mesh that was large enough that the racoon was able to reach in and grab the chicken neck/head but not actually pull the chicken through to eat. Once we realized this and used finer mesh the problem stopped. But we were able to verify it was racoons because a day later the dog "treed" three of them near our coop at night. Hope that was helpful and best of luck to your girls.
     
  4. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Bird of prey.
    Sorry for your ,loss [​IMG]
     
  5. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ^My thoughts exactly, I just seen a video of a falcon doing that to another bird.
     
  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    x 3. Every bird I've lost to hawks had its neck and breast stripped :/
     
  7. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree, fits the model of a hawk kill in my experience.
     
  8. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I tend to think hawk as well.
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    High likelihood it's a hawk.
     

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