Predator leaving only a few feathers.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by OneMore, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. OneMore

    OneMore In the Brooder

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    No blood, no body part, only 3-4 feathers. This is happening during day, close to house, while I'm home, while they're free ranging on one acre, fenced, lots of hiding places. We have raccoons, don't think that's it. We have hawks (and owls), Coyotes, Fox. What do you think this is?
     
  2. Rammy

    Rammy Crowing

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    Hawk or here in Tn, its been black headed buzzards. :mad:
     
  3. LRH97

    LRH97 Songster

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    Are your birds fully grown? Most hawks or owls (at least in my area) won't carry a grown chicken away. Usually will kill and eat on site. I'd lean towards a fox or coyote, and one that's very talented at making clean kills. A kill site that looks like a chicken exploded--feathers everywhere, but no bird--is a good indicator of a fox. And they can be pretty, for lack of a better term, ballsy. It's not uncommon for them to hunt in broad daylight. However, it is interesting that there are only a few feathers left. In any event, it's something big enough to carry the bird away with it!
     
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  4. Butterscotchbitesfinger

    Butterscotchbitesfinger Crossing the Road

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    Well I had a fox take my rooster with no feathers-nothing! But I Agree with you
     
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  5. TeenageRooster's Dad

    TeenageRooster's Dad Songster

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    Agree... Coyotes/bobcats make a mess, raptors will land close by after grabbing and go at it. Good indicator it's a raptor I've notice is they leave the gizzard behind.

    Fox during the day is nasty thought... do you live in a very woody area?
     
  6. Butterscotchbitesfinger

    Butterscotchbitesfinger Crossing the Road

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    I have lost over thirty chickens to a fox coming during the day. I have never found a body though
     
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  7. Thechickenchick2

    Thechickenchick2 Songster

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    This has been our exact experience. We have lost half a dozen birds in the last few months... all but one have been taken with just missing feathers to show. Others vanished without a trace. I say hawk or fox as they have been our predators. Only once did the hawk leave a carcass for a few days. Once my pullet was in two halves he carried both halves away with him.
     
  8. Shadrach

    Shadrach Roosterist

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    In my experience hawks don't carry away, They may drag the chicken inot cover to eat.
    Also, hawks here at least eat the internal organs and leave the carcass.
    Another point is a hawk will usually only kill one.
    I think you have a ground predator and a fox would seem likely.
     
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  9. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Araucana enthusiast

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    I agree with the majority...fox. I have personally seen more fox activity from daybreak to noon than I do at night on my game cameras.
     
  10. WthrLady

    WthrLady Crowing

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