My luck finally ran out (WARNING: Graphic pictures)

zazouse

Crowing
10 Years
Sep 7, 2009
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Southeast texas
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A golden could easly have took your bird IMO,
sorry ya have to keep your babies cooped but you are doing rite by them
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desertdarlene

Crowing
10 Years
Aug 4, 2010
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San Diego
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Sometimes, if they need a quick meal or think they need to get away fast, they will ony eat the head. But, if they have time, they will eat other parts like the breast and belly organs. Some owls will cache a kill and come back to it.
 

LizaBlue

Songster
9 Years
Oct 26, 2010
234
4
103
Wee Acres
aw, honey! it sucks to lose a chicken, even if you understand it's a possibility.

The following site is the best I've found for identifying and learning about birds of prey. I thought we had a huge infestation of hawks until I learned that vultures pulled their heads in tight when flying so their silhouette looks like a bird of prey!

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/Page.aspx?pid=1189

IDK if it will help, but many garden centers sell fake owls you can place around to deter other animals - maybe they won't cross each other's territory? Gardening sites might have helpful hints on protecting from birds, but how they will work against a bird of prey, I do not know. I just know it would drive me crazy to not try something!

good luck!
 

carondesign

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jan 16, 2010
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Could of been a coon also. I had a coon kill a bunch of guineas before and they looked just like that when he was done.
 

Komaki

Chirping
8 Years
Feb 10, 2011
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I agree! The attack came from behind, To me that says Raptor. I'm not saying any guess is wrong, but there is a pattern to how each animal takes prey items. Some break the rule we placed on them from time to time. It seem as if the other hens saw the "Perp" that alone would be enough to scare them silly. You can narrow this down some if you could tell if it was day or night. Also, I too am sorry for you all.
 

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