Please help, what could have done this??? **GRAPHIC PICS**

Tanichca

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May 6, 2009
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This morning, I was enjoying a cupcake when little brother came in to say that our two y.o dutch hen, Becka, had been killed. I went out to look at the body and saw...


Does anyone know what could do this? I let the birds out to free range yesterday morning, and then a storm rolled in, and I left the coop open through the night because my dad wouldnt let me go close it with the rain and lighting and all... but the coop is protected by a thick, about 5 foot wall. No predators have ever crossed the wall in the 11 years we've lived here, thanks to our airedale terrier who guards everything within (even the chickens!) I remember some screaming from the birds in the late afternoon, but did not think much of it because I thought they were just reacting to the rain, thunder, etc. Could it have been a hawk or a vulture? Whatever it was ripped her chest open too...


I put all the other birds on coop confinement for the time being, but I really need to know what this was!!! Thanks in advance!
 
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Tanichca

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So, our possible predator list:
Coyote (doubtful, as the carcass was found inside of our wall)
Cat (maybe, but the cats dont bother the chickens)
Hawk/Vulture (probably.. but why did the bird drop the carcass?)
Other chickens (Doubtful, could they rip her open like that?)
 

JustaJemIam

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We lost one the other day, it was raining as well and it was to a neighbors dog. Interesting that the losses happened while it was raining.
 

BlackBrookPoultry

Crowing
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Jun 15, 2010
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I had something similar happen to one of my bantam cochins the other day. All the neck and chest feathers were ripped out and the crop/breast area was eaten. I assumed it was a cat or a coon. Set the live trap with the chicken as bait and got nothing!
 
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Imp

All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle
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Sep 7, 2008
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I'm so sorry Tanichca. I think it looks like raccoon, but don't know if you have them where you are.
I think no on coyote, cat, vulture, dog, chickens. Maybe hawk.
Keep your eyes peeled. It will be back.

Imp
 

Farmerboy16

Rebuilding my Farm
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Most of my chickens that were killed by a hawk looked just like what had happen to your hen, they like the neck area. Sorry about your hen.
 

Tanichca

Sparkle Magnet
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Vail, Arizona
No coons here, but as everyone seems to be going along with the hawk/raptor idea... thats what it probably was. When should it be safe to let the birds back out to free range? There are a lot of tasty giant grasshoppers (oh how I hate them, ever since i stepped on one barefoot
) and other bugs to eat... and they are stuck in the coop and run...
 

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