royal palm hen victim

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by joojy, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. joojy

    joojy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My birds always go in at night, but last night the kids couldn't find my royal palm hen. They said she had stayed out before, so I didn't go out against my better judgement. She has been trying to nest. If I had found her nest, I might have let her stay on it.
    Well this morning I found her nest, outside our fence, where the dogs couldn't help. there were a few feathers by the nest, then more across the road, then about 200 feet away, tons of feathers in an open area. I looked everywhere to see if she could be hiding. There is no sign of her.

    What could know she was there, chase her down, so it was fast because she could fly, and leave no trace but feathers. She was a full grown royal palm.
    I'm just sick. she was hand raised and very friendly. Now I have to find a home for her mate.

    any ideas?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    That's a fairly big bird - my first guesses would be dog, coyote, fox, bobcat. All are big enough to kill quickly and carry a large bird away. Sorry for your loss.
     
  3. joojy

    joojy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks
     

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