predator identification

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by noidhndlr, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. noidhndlr

    noidhndlr In the Brooder

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    Hello,
    I had 12 baby chicks ranging from 1 to 6 days old with their mother in a seperate pen. The only other critters I have seen in the pen are mice. Yesterday I came home and found three dead chicks. Two missing heads and the third a younger one only part left was a leg and thigh. Would this be from my hen?


    Thanks
    Holly
     
  2. No, a hen would not do that. It sounds like a rat. They will attack chicks. I'm sorry you lost your chicks. A hen has no defenses against predators like rats. [​IMG]
     
  3. R@ndy

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    yep, sounds like a Rat [​IMG]

    I would set a couple traps and nail that darn thing
     
  4. Frieza

    Frieza In the Brooder

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    Rats don´t remove the head. It´s more like minks and polecats to do such thing and they will probably be back to kill more or/and get the dead bodies of their last visit when they get hungry.
     
  5. cochinbantam-lover

    cochinbantam-lover Songster

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    Oh that is horrible, those poor little babies!! [​IMG] Darn critters, it could be a rat, maybe a weasel? I would examine every inch of the area to see where it could have gotten in. And critter prepare for war!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. noidhndlr

    noidhndlr In the Brooder

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    Thanks so much for the responses. Hopefully all will be ok when I get home today. I will go a hunting!


    Holly
     
  7. LeghornLisa

    LeghornLisa Songster

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    what is a polecat?
     
  8. Monk

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    It sounds like a weasel to me???
     
  9. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Songster

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    A polecat is a skunk.
     
  10. Frieza

    Frieza In the Brooder

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    It´s not a skunk. Check google. It looks almost like a mink.
     

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