Unknown predator killing my baby chicks (IN ENGLAND)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Cherlyn, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ETA that I really do not know what this predator is - what England-dwelling animal removes the heads (cannot find them) of baby chicks?

    Neighbor's cat got to three of my chicks last night. I did not properly shut the coop door. So now I am minus one golden silkie, one blue araucana, and one buff orpington, all under four weeks old.

    Almost positive it was the neighbor's cat - all chicks missing heads, or nearly missing heads. One with a nasty leg injury, partially decapitated.

    Lesson learned.

    ~Cherlyn
     
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  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I thought removing heads was sign of a raccoon.

    I've never known a pet cat to eat chickens, especially at night. They like to stalk/chase moving yard chickens, but I think a cat would have to be starving to attack a sleeping chicken.
    Or am I misreeding, they weren't asleep?
    If they were up moving around then, yeah I could see a cat taking out the little 4 week olds.

    Still, when my cats kill wild birds they don't generally remove the heads.
     
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  3. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:See, that is what I thought. But I have yet to see a raccoon here in England. Think I will do some research. All of the babies were sleeping.

    ~Cherlyn
     
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Set a live trap baited with cat food, see what you catch.

    If it's a hungry cat you'll catch it, and raccoons love cat food as well, so either way you get your predator.
     
  5. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hm, good idea. Very new to this, though - where would I get a live trap?

    ~Cherlyn
     
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  7. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    What about a weasel? When mine were attacked by a weasel..a few were missing their heads..
    Sorry about your babies! [​IMG]
     
  8. Bizzybirdy

    Bizzybirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a racoon kill to me also. I have never had a cat kill a sleeping chick...they usually stalk them during the daytime. Always a first though.

    Racoons almost always bite the heads off. Let us know what you catch.

    So sorry for your losses. [​IMG]
     
  9. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wondering about that as well. As long as I keep the coops shut up at night, I think I will be fine.

    Whatever predator it is, why is it going for the littlest chicks? I have full-grown chickens in there as well, and they are not touched.

    ~Cherlyn
     
  10. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I thought that at first, but there are no wild raccoons in England. *scratching head*

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