takes the body but leaves the head?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bantamrooster, Jun 17, 2016.

  1. bantamrooster

    bantamrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What predator takes the body but leaves just the head behind?
    Happened twice now overnight.
    We are out in the country so could be about anything.
     
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  2. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I remember reading a autobiography where it says that dogs hate eating the heads of chickens. It also could have been a racoon, coyote or fox. I'm sorry for your loss.[​IMG]
     
  3. bantamrooster

    bantamrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Couldnt be a dog. We have two and they dont let any others get close to our house without letting us know.
     
  4. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    was the head by a fence line or large tree, or even a structure? If so probably racoon.
     
  5. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say raccoon. Dogs don't usually kill because they're hungry, they kill because they're bored and have instincts to chase and catch things that run. They wouldn't typically eat the birds, just leave them where they died and move on to a new one. It's a game to them.
     
  6. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fox or racoon. If there is two, maybe a fox with kits.
     
  7. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A fox would take the whole thing to it's den or cache. You'd find feathers left behind and not much else.
     
  8. bantamrooster

    bantamrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No blood no feathers nothing left behind but the head with half the neck.
    First one was in backyard open area about 20 foot from back door.
    Second one was 5 foot from back door right on our patio.
    First was a 4 month old pullet. Second was a 4 month old duck.
     
  9. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like racoon. Do you have large rats in your area? Rats are another suspect.
     
  10. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Red Fox is my first suggestion. With larger victims they will decapitate to kill it. Then run off with the balance of carcass.
     

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