Something killed my chickie

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Toi-toi, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday one of my SS got killed by something but I don't know by what.
    I was outside with them till 3pm and decided to go inside for bit.
    When I came out around 4:30pm, one was missing.
    And I found out dead... Feathers are ripped off from her body (but not a lot, just under the wing) and she was eaten by something.
    But more like "nibbled" I would say. Not a lot were missing.
    She was already gone but still warm body (it was 35F out) so it just happened before I come out.

    What kind of predators kill like that??
     
  2. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry for your loss [​IMG]
    sounds like a bird of pray, you may have scared it off upon your return, had you left it there it would have come back for it.
     
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    It sounds like a raptor, probably a hawk. You may want to lock up the rest of your birds until it moves along. It will be waiting for another easy meal.

    Sorry for your loss.
     
  4. Toi-toi

    Toi-toi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The next day she got killed, about same time (3:30-4:00 ish), my daughter saw a falcon came down and landed same spot my chickie was killed.
    So I guess it was falcon :(
    I think it's falcon. I know red tailed hawk but not looks like that. Smaller and gray/blue ish feathers.
    Can't believe that small one killed my love :(
     
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Sorry, Toi-toi. I can sympathize. My favorite hen was killed the day after Christmas by a hawk. I still feel sick about the whole thing.
     

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