???? just took chickens head off.....

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by critters, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. critters

    critters Chillin' With My Peeps

    something just took the head off my large brahma chicken and left the rest in the middle of the horse field...

    this happened during the day....we live near the blue ridge parkway in virginia....

    any ideas what it could have been??? [​IMG]

    lately it just seems to be one animal or another....
    can't seem to get ahead and each time I lose one, it's so hard to take...
    my birds: chickens, guineas, ducks, peacock are all my pets....

    Oh...and a black star hen went missing too! What an awful day!
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2011
  2. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could be a raccoon that is killing your birds.
     
  3. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like the work of an owl or hawk.
    Sorry for your loss [​IMG]
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Hawks and Eagles often take the heads of birds too big to take as whole.
     
  5. BlueLagoonRabbitry

    BlueLagoonRabbitry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coon for sure we have had coons get our chickens three times and everytime they rip off the head and move to the nexy hen or rooster and do the same
     
  6. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    My guess is a hawk or eagle also, coons are nocturnal
     
  7. Alethea

    Alethea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Weasels will do it, too. I don't know whether they are nocturnal. I'm so sorry this is happening.
     
  8. carondesign

    carondesign Out Of The Brooder

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    If it was in the day it was a hawk. A coon usually strikes in the evening, early morning and at night. I had a hawk do that to a fairly large bird before.
     
  9. BlueLagoonRabbitry

    BlueLagoonRabbitry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had coons attack during the day to....
     
  10. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    myne had itsd head taken on tuesday it was a stoat or weasel
     

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