So what am I dealing with here? *graphic photos*

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by theOEGBman, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    My mom woke me up yesterday and told me something had gotten my hen and her chicks. This hen ran off about 2 months ago and came back with 3 chicks. All turned out to be little cockerals, but Im a sucker and let they stay. Ever since they hatched, she would not take them into the coop. She would vanish with them every night when the sun went down and show up the next morning. Well I went out and found one chick in the front yard and it was dead, no marks on it at all, just dead. I went out back and found this....

    *BTW: They are naked necks, not plucked*

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    His breast & wings were torn cleanly off of his body. The breast was plucked and was perfectly clean. Nothing was eaten, the breast was just torn off and the innards were pulled out and laying there, but still attached. Here is the breast & wings...

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    Now the momma was destroyed. She was eaten pretty badly and her leg bones were completely chewed off. Her legs were hanging on by a few pieces of skin. She was really destroyed. She was a very very fierce mother so Im sure she was defending her babies. It seems like her body was twisted in all sorts of directions and torn/chewed apart. Her feathers were pretty scattered as well, throughout the yard. But that could have been from a struggle.

    Here you can see her leg laying on her body, it was just attached by some skin. The bone had been chewed completely in half.

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    Im thinking maybe a possum or coon because of how the breast was completely seperated so cleanly. We have plenty of possums, and Im sure we have enough coons as well.

    This gal was sent to me, along with 9 more other NN pullets from a great BYC buddy. She was my last one and Im pretty upset to see this happen to her. Now my main concern is my other birds. Thanks.
     
  2. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    [​IMG] So sorry that happened to your Mama and babies!! [​IMG]
     
  3. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    Oregon
    Gaaa!! I don't know but I am so sorry! [​IMG] Poor babies.
     
  4. thewarriorchild

    thewarriorchild Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like after my bear attack... so sorry for your loss
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  5. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Gosh, I'm sorry OEGBman, those were very clear pictures of the devastation....I had to look away for a bit. (thanks for the warning!)

    Looks like a raccoon or two had their way with them. I don't think those rascals carry off their prey.

    I'm sorry, [​IMG] Unfortunately, those are the perils of living without the safety of a secure coop. I know situations arise where some birds are not confined. I understand that. I'm so sorry. Poor birds.
     
  6. Big C

    Big C J & C Farms

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    Looks like a coon attack. Eat most of the first one then just go back to kill without discression, eat some then kill more...
    You'll need to trap and kill them since they will be back for more till none are left.
     
  7. fordmommy

    fordmommy Dancing With My Chickens

    Jul 16, 2009
    Wisconsin
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  8. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    Thanks for the replies everyone. I havent lost anything else, but Im sure whatever did it is still around.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No idea what got them, but I'm really sorry! How sad.
     
  10. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    Thanks, Cyn. I was talking to my poultry teacher about it yesterday and she guessed fox, possum or coon and my buddy at the feed store said the same thing. We have plenty of those three preds around here, so that's my guess.
     

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