lost a chicken to unknown predator, any ideas???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by moose, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. moose

    moose Hatching

    Jul 10, 2008
    I lost one of my golden comets the other day to an unknown predator. She was found in the coop in a nest box (about 4 feet off the ground) dead. Her head and neck appeared wet or slobbery, but otherwise she was intact. The other 3 hens were untouched and fine. The only thing I can come up with is possibly a snake climbed up there and attacked while she was sleeping, but got spooked or couldnt actually eat her. These hens are semi-freeranging in an area of about 600 square feet, with dogs on 2 sides of their fence. Any ideas what did this? Thanks. I would add pic but dont know how to add to this post????
  2. dixiechick

    dixiechick Songster

    YUCK! Does sound like a snake! I am sorry for your loss.... [​IMG]
  3. backwoods

    backwoods In the Brooder

    Jul 26, 2008
    South GA
    How large was she? Snakes know what they can swallow for the most part and it would take a large snake to eat a grown hen. It is also one of they few predators that will not bring blood so it could still be a culpret.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2008
  4. Steve1960

    Steve1960 In the Brooder

    Aug 5, 2008
    Lawrence, KS
    See my post of today. Same thing, two birds in the last four days.

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