Photo of our dead chicken! What was it?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ericbolstridge, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. ericbolstridge

    ericbolstridge New Egg

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    Our coop opens to a 30x20 run enclosed by a 4' fence. The coop door was accidentally left open last night, and we didn't check on them until this evening, when we discovered what's shown in the photo. The entire bird is still there - beak, head, legs and wings, etc. No blood at all and almost all of the "meat" is missing. The neck is totally bare. Lots of feathers in two areas in the run, one or two sizeable "chunks" of feathers that include a bit of flesh, and the bird itself was found in the middle of the yard. No evidence of digging under the fence. I don't think the attack happened overnight, as there were no feathers in the coop at all - evidence of mayhem was all outside in the run. Could something have killed the chicken (maybe a small hawk) and then the other chickens had a few hours to peck the carcass clean?
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  2. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it could have been a Coopers Hawk that has killed it.
     
  3. Gerbil

    Gerbil Oh, Crazy!

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    I'd go with raccoon or possum, most likely raccoon.
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    The entire bird is still there - beak, head, legs and wings, etc. No blood at all and almost all of the "meat" is missing.

    That sounds like a hawk to me, since they seldom eat the bones​
     
  5. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'd say hawk as well. Looks like the messes they've left when they got some of my birds.
     
  6. mrs b. bates farm

    mrs b. bates farm Out Of The Brooder

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    i have 2 chicken hawks tring to to get my chickens what can i do?
     
  7. AndersonFolk

    AndersonFolk Out Of The Brooder

    mrs b. bates farm :

    i have 2 chicken hawks tring to to get my chickens what can i do?

    SSS.... unless your in the city or surrounded by ruley neighbors.

    Shoot
    Shovel
    Shutup​
     
  8. Grog

    Grog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:SSS.... unless your in the city or surrounded by ruley neighbors.

    Shoot
    Shovel
    Shutup

    what he said [​IMG]
     
  9. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably an owl as hawks go into a state of deep sleep at night. Hope you catch the culprit! [​IMG]

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  10. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:SSS.... unless your in the city or surrounded by ruley neighbors.

    Shoot
    Shovel
    Shutup

    what he said [​IMG]

    x3
     

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