Uninjured Chickens die after attack?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Poco, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. Poco

    Poco Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2013
    Today I found all my chickens dead but one [​IMG]

    Our sweetest chicken was partially eaten, another one had a very minor-looking injury, but I couldn't even find anything on the other two bodies.

    I don't think the attack happened that many hours before I discovered them. Did they just die of shock? :'(

    *I think the culprit was a weasel, through I've never seen one (here in west-central Florida), yet lots of all the other predators. The damage seems to fit it the best, and the hole in the fencing was very small. I might have missed puncture marks from their small teeth, but there wasn't blood on the feathers either.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2015
  2. OnlyOrps

    OnlyOrps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2015
    Awe that's so heartbreaking! Yeah I think birds can just have heart attacks or die of shock. I wish I could comfort you somehow. What a horrible thing to happen!!!
  3. jtn42248

    jtn42248 Overrun With Chickens

    First I am so truly sorry for your loss. Loss of our birds is bad enough but when it is a small flock, a total loss and unknown cause it can be devastating.

    I am sure that birds can be frightened to death. I know that exotics and tropical birds are very sensitive to stressors and can just drop in their tracks when seriously frightened. I see no reason that the same should not apply to the poultry that we have.
  4. HG2705

    HG2705 New Egg

    Mar 21, 2015
    I know birds and ducks can die of stress when they get attacked hope those helps sorry about your loss
  5. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2014
    Did you butcher any of the birds after the fact?

    I ask because a lot of canine predators will basically grab and shake, and there can be no external injuries - but when you open the bird up you find everything from crushed vertebrae to broken ribs and all sorts of other internal issues. Canine teeth will only leave small punctures wounds in a lot of cases (a couple mm wide)

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