The Only Think Left was the WINGS!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by LeeLynns, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. LeeLynns

    LeeLynns Chirping

    Apr 23, 2011
    Barry Texas
    Hey Guys,
    I just went to collect eggs, and found what remains of one of my birds is the Wings attached to the back bone and wish bone thats ALL! What could have been the predator?

  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Could have been a plethora of things....something that had time to devour the whole bird.
  3. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Songster

    Nov 30, 2007
    emmet MI
    It would be helpful to know where you found the bird, inside of coop, in a run or free range. Also your estimate of what time the attack may have occurred.
  4. cressrb

    cressrb Songster

    Oct 18, 2010
    Salt Lake City, UT
    My daughter lives in Boerne, Tx and had almost the very same thing happen to one of her chickens. She found the remains
    inside the coop, but sounded very much like what you describe. One one chicken. It never happened again, and we are
    still mystified. I read all I could on BYC to see if someone had a similar experience. Your experience sounds the most
    similar and you are both in Tx. hmmmmm
  5. A hawk or possibility a Great Horned Owl killed your hen.

    Hawks and owls often start eating their chicken while it is still living. Raptors (at least hawks and owls) are not the accomplished killers plummeting out of the "wild blue yonder" like a bolt of lightning as depicted on Disney fairy tales.

    Raptors do not have powerful jaws or teeth to use to grip, rip, tear, crush, or chew their food.

    Birds of prey therefor must by necessity strip the flesh off of their victims one strip at a time and so leave behind a more or less complete and still articulated skeleton.

    My ancestors discovered that keeping free-range chickens was easier and that it paid better if they
    tolerated fewer free-range hawks.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2015

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