NO Head Or Wings....daytime kill....what is it?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by brahma momma, Nov 16, 2013.

  1. brahma momma

    brahma momma In the Brooder

    Found 10 month old rooster outside of chix yard. no head, no wings! rest of bird was fine.......does anyone know who's
    trade mark this is? Was in day time. Thank you for any help

  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Crowing

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Hi - sorry for the loss [​IMG] My best guess would be a hawk. They usually eat the entire bird and leave just feathers, but maybe it was disturbed?? Sue
  3. brahma momma

    brahma momma In the Brooder

    The head gone was the weird part. (It is my neighbors birds.) they have 2 dogs. We are in country. Have hawks, owls and Eagles also.
    I just thought they would carry bird away to eat.
  4. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Crowing

    Mar 7, 2011
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Me too. The Storey chicken book gives a list of predator 'marks', reading through it, it could be an owl or raccoon also. Hard to know really, keep the gun handy in case it's a raccon....

  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Head gone is not unusual....but wings gone I find perplexing.
  6. The missing head could be almost any warm blooded animal. Both wings missing makes me think of a dog who will usually just play with or pull odd parts off of a live chicken until the wings quit flopping and the squawking stops and then a dog will loose interest in the still body.

    Hawks tend to pluck the feathers off of the chickens they eat like you or I would peel an orange leaving a mell of a hess of small feathers behind.
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2013
  7. Noobchick

    Noobchick Songster

    May 23, 2011
    Creedmoor, NC
    I would consider black vultures. I've been having issues with some attacking my chickens (yes, black vultures will attack live animals; turkey vultures won't). Thankfully, so far I've managed to interrupt the attacks so my girls have only had feathers ripped out, but the vultures seem to go for the chickens' head, back, and wings when they attack.

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