owl problem or racoon problem?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by asquirmofworms, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. asquirmofworms

    asquirmofworms Hatching

    Mar 15, 2011
    Heard a definite chicken problem in the night, but it was 2a.m. so decided I'd just be surprised when I woke up. At 2a.m. I did wonder if I had seen the kids precious "Blackie" the day before. She's or shall I say she "was" a little banty type frizzle. My chickens are enclosed in a fence with a coop, walk in type with no door. The all have been roosting in the coop at night. Except Blackie she couldn't get on a roost. Anyway, long story short. This mornings surprise was my rooster (banty) and a large RID dead and half eaten and poor little Blackie's carcass picked clean. The heads were off but still present and the necks on the bigger birds were eaten to bone, the bodies opened up and partially eaten also. No little footprints in the mud (we live in the PNW and its been raining since Oct). I do hear and have seen great horned owls all the time. Also happen upon an occassional racoon. Would a racoon pick a carcass clean in 2 nights? I'm hedging on the owl but don't know enough to say for sure...
  2. GammaPoppyLilyFlutter

    GammaPoppyLilyFlutter Love Comes with Feathers

    Jun 26, 2010
    An owl would not leave behind much evidence, especially if it was a big one. Most likely a coon. Those things are nasty- they hunt sometimes in groups and kill more than one bird, not always eating it all. They can reach through chicken wire and grab chicken heads to chew off. Check your run and coop for holes big enough for a coon to squeeze into.
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] Sounds more typical of a coon than a GHO. Bait a live trap with the remains. It will return for more food.
  4. asquirmofworms

    asquirmofworms Hatching

    Mar 15, 2011
    Thanks, put a door on my coop yesterday and didn't lose any last night. Hopefully no more problems.
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    saying I'm sorry just isn't enough - what a horrible thing to happen

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