Please help identify if a cat killed my chicken. Graphic pictures.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by alalele, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. alalele

    alalele Songster

    Mar 21, 2008
    Livingston Parish, LA
    I saw a neighbors cat eating my chicken just an hour ago. The cat ran off and hid under their house and I had the lady come look at what I believe that cat had done.

    She said it could have been a weazel or a raccoon and thought it wasn't freshly killed.

    I don't believe that. Please someone help me figure this out because if this cat (which she says she doesn't care about) killed my chicken then I feel my other young chickens (about 2 months old) are at risk now.

    I'll post pictures next because it will take some time and want to explain what I saw first. (DO NOT SCROLL DOWN IF YOU DON"T want to see graphic pictures please.

    It appears to me that the chicken was being eaten on the spot it possibly was dragged to by it's neck, as it was laying on it's side and only one side was eaten.

    The neck feathers are red with blood.
    Right side breast and thigh eaten. The thigh was cleaned of meat and bone broken probably at that time while being eaten. There were some flys and a few ants, but rigor mortise hadn't set in.

    Right now I'm waiting for animal control to come out and help me catch that cat. These people have been ticketed for animal cruelity, negligence etc. They don't fix their animals and think of pets as disposable. While I have tried to maintain a civil relationship with them at this point I don't care if they get mad becuase I feel justified after what I've just been through. Right now I'm calmed down b ut still I want justice because I feel if it happens again I will do something that I've never done in my life and that is shoot an animal. I already warned them. Thank you for any help or advice.
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Instead of posting the pics, maybe you could just post the links? That will add another level of protection for people who inadventently click on this thread.

    So sorry to hear about your loss. We're all here to support you.
  3. alalele

    alalele Songster

    Mar 21, 2008
    Livingston Parish, LA
    These are the pictures. Sorry so graphic, but I need to know... thanks.
    this is Lola as a chick (she is also the yellow chick in my icon photo)
    Lola as I first found her
    her bloodied neck, after I turned her over
    right breast
    right thigh
  4. HaileyNJoliesMom

    HaileyNJoliesMom In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    It could have been anything but, Why would a weasel or raccoon leave its kill for the cat?
  5. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    I'd say a rat did it. Cat would probably have carried it off. Had a few killed exactly the same way myself.
  6. warren

    warren Songster

    Sep 29, 2007
    A cat can kill a pigeon or a bird that size. I doubt if it would kill a full grown hen.
    If it was not looked after and was hungry it would eat it.
    I am so sorry for your loss.
  7. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Sometimes weasles kill just for the killing. I would say weasle, martin, mink. They can have very select choices to what they eat also being full enough it could have left it when the cat came towards it.
    We think that weasles will stand up to a cat, often they will leave not up for a scrapping.

    I am so very sorry for your loss, was she out of the coop or pulled from the coop? So sad to loose your pal.
  8. I would say a weasel.

    I just lost 3 chicks to a weasel. They also bit the mothers head, and ripped two toes off one of the other chicks. I am trying to trap it.

    ETA: A cat would have carried the bird off.
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2008
  9. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    I'm not saying the cat wouldn't or couldn't do it, but from the number of ants and flys, I would have to agree that it was not that fresh of a kill.
  10. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    Quote:Around here ants and flies are on dead things immediately. Heck, the ants start even before they're dead. If the cat was hungry enough, it could have done it. My cats don't bother the chickens, but they have killed and dragged home full grown pheasants. And my cats are well fed!

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