Very strange find

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by SniperGoose, Jan 13, 2019.

  1. SniperGoose

    SniperGoose Songster

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    I was going through old photos on my phone today and I came across this. It was taken in the summer 2 years ago. I was out on my ATV in the woods near our creek and I seen something on the path ahead. I stopped and got off my ATV to get a closer look. This is what I seen:

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    A little turkey poult with a chipmunk - both dead. Rigor mortis had not set in yet either so these two recently died before my arrival. It looked to me like the chipmunk had attacked the poult, just judging by the positioning of them both...but that's just a guess. I have no idea if chipmunks actually attack birds or not. Even if it did, then why did the chipmunk die as well? It's very strange.

    Definitely one of the weirdest things I have ever found on one of my rides! What do you think?
     
  2. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

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    Possibly the chipmunk was scavaging a meal from the dead poultry and was hit or attacked :confused:
    What time of year was it?
     
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  3. cluckmecoop7

    cluckmecoop7 Songster

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    Hmmm, not sure.
     
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  4. imnukensc

    imnukensc Songster

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    Would've had to be spring time when turkeys hatch assuming of course that this was a wild turkey.
     
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  5. SniperGoose

    SniperGoose Songster

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    Well the weird thing is that it was on our property, which is private. I'm the only one that rides on those trails, and that was my very first time going on that path on that day. So I'm not sure!
    I looked and my phone dates it to May 25, 2016! Longer ago than I thought.

    Yup, it was on May 25, 2016! And yes it was a wild turkey.
     
  6. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Crowing

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    Foxes will kill and make a stock pile. They did this with 20 of my poults when I was away for the weekend. (he dug under the wall)
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    can't like that Silly Chicken, I hope you took care of mr.Fox
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    I'd guess chipmunk killed poult, then hawk killed chipmunk, and ATV scared off hawk.
     
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  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    My slightly different take. Fox made two quick kills in rapid succession. Assuming wild turkey so late spring or early summer when fox trying to provision litter, so fox carrying kills back to den. Then surprised and dropped items or it put items down and was after a third when scared off leaving prizes.
     
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    :thumbsup
     
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