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predator leaving behind only feathers

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by redroostersmomma, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. redroostersmomma

    redroostersmomma New Egg

    Mar 16, 2009

    I posted an intro earlier and have been reading under the topic of predators. I have one right now but do not know what it is. Today, chicken number three is missing. It is taking my younger hens from the chicken house and leaving behind only feathers. It also killed, but did not take, a young rooster that was obviously trying to defend his ladies. Help!

    I already know how I'll reinforce the coop/house but would love to know what is taking them. I've had possums in the past and know how to catch/kill them. I am not sure what I am up against this time and am sorry to see my young, new layers being taken![​IMG]

    Any words of wisdom would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Could it be a bird of prey? I believe that hawks & owls will leave only feathers.

    Foxes may fit this bill, too.
  3. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Might be two different predators. Set a trap.
  4. oldchickenman

    oldchickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2008
    Parsonsburg Md.
    fox or a racoon possums will leave the dead bird they just take a bite

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