Loss of chick

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by LarryTX, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. LarryTX

    LarryTX Songster

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    I had a half grown Old English Game Bantam in a pen made of 1in. X 2in. wire. I went out this morning the chick was dead. It appears that his head and hackle feather had been went and matted. His eyes were closed. Personally, I think it was a snake due to the chick being in the wire cage. Does anyone else have any ideas?
     
  2. CountryFlock

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    Being from Northern Indiana we don’t have snakes but that’s what I would guess. What area do you live in?

    If it was a mink or raccoon there would probably be blood.

    I had a young porcelain Pyncheon in a cage with similar wire. Raccoon came and yanked the head off of it and ran away.

    The dumb Pyncheon was obviously not afraid of the raccoon.
     
  3. Punkybrewster

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    It does sound like a snake. They eat head first. It found your bird was too big to eat and left it. Sorry.
    Cover the cage with hardware cloth. That will help. 1/4 inch size
     
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  4. LarryTX

    LarryTX Songster

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    I live in north/central Texas, about 40 miles north of Dallas. We don’t have mink in the area but raccoons are plentiful. There was no blood so I suppose the hardware cloth is the answer.
     
  5. cmom

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    I think a snake too.
     
  6. LarryTX

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    Thank you
    Thanks.
     

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