Lost my first chicken today.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by peterlund, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. peterlund

    peterlund Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2010
    MA Cranberry Country
    Got a friendly call from my neighbor late today. He said one of my chickens was hanging around under his tree... He (she actually) was in fact, but torn up. No head, one side missing a wing. Featherless and some flesh gone from the sides, but not "eaten" as I would suspect a chicken loving animal would have done.
    Is this the tell-tale sign of the hawk that has been plaguing me of late?
    I am not really that upset, as it is one of the non-laying freeloaders that I have, so I guess it was just her fate.... (either me or the predator).

    I know it is my fault for letting them free-range. She was an older bird, so do you think she was slower? Not as agile? Tastier??
  2. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    I think you have a hawk problem. I think that a raccoon or something of that nature would have carried it off or taken the head.

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