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Please help... Lost a chick to a predator last night.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BYC Man, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. BYC Man

    BYC Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. I went to one of my coops where I have 10 five week old chicks and found one lying dead when I unlocked and opend the door. This chick had been attacked from it's vent. It's entire cavity was consumed. No other signs of a bite anywhere on it's body.
    What would you believe did this? rat? Not one other chick was harmed?
     
  2. angel8035

    angel8035 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could it be that the chick died and the other chicks pecked at it? Otherwise I would think probably a rat or other small rodent.
     
  3. BYC Man

    BYC Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think so. The chick was 100% healthy. The chicks are not agressive at all. I had 5 cochins and 5 Polish chicks in the coop. I am going to empty the coop and look for a rodent. It was locked tight so I am believing it may be hidden under the wood chips.
    Has anyone experienced this kind of attack on a chick?
     
  4. 20736

    20736 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If there are no marks on the chick, there is a good chance it died and was cannibalized. It doesn't usually happen this quick, but it can.
    Sorry for your loss, especially a young bird. Hope you can resolve this soon.
     
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  5. BYC Man

    BYC Man Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you.
     
  6. samidodamage

    samidodamage Out Of The Brooder

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    My guess would be some kind of weasel.
     

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