New hen found outside enclosed pen, sliced from beak down

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Orpingtonman, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. Orpingtonman

    Orpingtonman Chillin' With My Peeps

    All,

    I bought 3 new black sex links adn when i came out the next morning, i only had 3 left. After an exhaustive search, i found her laying in the ditch, behind the house, (sorry for the graphic explanation)split from her beak all the way down , with all the intestines gone. I have raised livestock all my life but i have never run into something like this. Any insight would be grealty apreciated.
     
  2. peeboo

    peeboo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sorry for your loss. i don't have any predator experience so far, wish i could be more help. so she was in tact but split from the beak down w/o intestines? was there any other damage done?
     
  3. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

    Oct 2, 2008
    Bryson City, NC
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your chickies! [​IMG] Sounds like a possum or could even be a coon. Where in NC are you? I'm in the far western part of NC.
     
  4. Orpingtonman

    Orpingtonman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Everything was intact but the "inards". ive never seen this before. i had in my mind it was a coon but every time i think about it, ive never seen a coon do that.



    Im in Roanoke rapids, right above rocky mount.



    **** 1 buff orphington roo, 1 RIR roo, and 12 red and black sexlink ladies******
     
  5. Orpingtonman

    Orpingtonman Chillin' With My Peeps

    no other damage was done to her either. Thats what makes me wonder about it.
     
  6. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

    Oct 2, 2008
    Bryson City, NC
    Did u have them shut up in some sort of coop? If so, did you notice any scratch marks on the coop door? If you have a fenced in run, did you notice any small round holes in the fence wire? If no to all of the above, then that is really strange indeed. [​IMG]
     
  7. Orpingtonman

    Orpingtonman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Talani-


    They are in an enclosed run divided in half with 2 coops on each side. The back of the coop is my privacy fence. I checked all around the fencing, top to bottom, side to side and i only found one small hole. About the size of a fist, with a feather hung on the chicken wire. So watching alot of CSI, i deducted that thats where it came in and out of. I meedately closed it up and checked evrything again and havn't lost another one since. I just don't understand what animal would kill and eat in that matter
     
  8. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

    Oct 2, 2008
    Bryson City, NC
    It's usually the possums - nasty mean creatures! [​IMG] They have razor sharp teeth.
     
  9. Orpingtonman

    Orpingtonman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yeah, i took that into consideration too. Guess i will hafta stay up one night and see if i can catch him with his hand in the cookie jar. Thanks for you're help
     
  10. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Could it be a weasel?
    I've heard they almost exclusively eat innards...
     

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