kinda weird/ravenous predator

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by cbenson6820, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. cbenson6820

    cbenson6820 Out Of The Brooder

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    I did my predator check this morning around 1 Am before going to bed and everything was good. When i woke up this morning i found a chicken in the chicken tractor that had its head pulled through the wire and chewed off. Then when i went to feed the turkeys who roost on a wooden gate i saw turkey feathers everywhere. Apparently something tried to kill a turkey but was unsuccessful(turkeys were unharmed) so then it went and dug up a dead silkie i buried about 2 weeks ago. As if that wasn't enough, it also drug off and ate a dead cornish rock roo that was out on the edge of the property, but that chicken has been dead for well over a month. The cornish rock roo was originally 17 pounds and something came like 2 months ago and ate his head off and about 7 juvenile chickens disappeared that afternoon while free ranging. What ever it was came before 7pm when it was still daylight.

    The only predator problem we have had out here is from foxes, except for the attack during daylight and i dont know what caused that. I've only seen one coon and i shot it as soon as i saw it. What do you think caused this attack? I find it very odd that something would be bouncing around the property trying to kill things and then start eating rotten carcases. I know predators will scavenge and will eat stuff thats been dead for a few days but what this thing ate was good and rotten.
     
  2. cbenson6820

    cbenson6820 Out Of The Brooder

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    sorry i accidentally double posted
     
  3. chickens222

    chickens222 New Egg

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    Hi sorry about your loss sounds like a stray dog I have one bouncing around my property just lost 4 today
    from him rip my hens but he douse eat rioting carcises all the time. yuck try letting the carkis rot and then try to cache it good luck
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    There are many things it could have been. Heads pulled through wire is generally a raccoon. But you could have multiple predators. Just because you don't see them does not mean they aren't around.

    Just a suggestion: when you have dead birds, remove them far from your property. If you leave them on your property, it will lure in predators and you might coax in a predator who had previously not been interested in your property.
     

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