WARNING- PHOTOS dead chicken

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by calientepocket, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. calientepocket

    calientepocket Chirping

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    Got home and went in to feed chickens, one Leghorn missing. Went in to grab a flashlight, then found her. We do have two dogs and the cats, but none have ever been interested in the chickens. I also know that my dog would have done much worse if it had been him. She was beginning to molt, and I'm wondering if this looks like her "sisters" may have killed her??
     
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Crossing the Road

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    I doubt it was your other hens. Looks more like a predator to me.
     
  3. Howlet

    Howlet Chirping

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    yeah hens couldn't that.... weasel??
     
  4. It looks like the body is outside.

    The damage is classic raptor.

    It also looks like the hen was attacked in the background and that the struggle continued into the

    foreground where a loss of tissue or maybe shock finally resulted in her death. All of the forgoing

    as well as the fact that the muscle tissue is stripped away like it was pulled off her neck with pliers while

    leaving the skeleton intact is another sure sign of a raptor attack.
     
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2014
  5. calientepocket

    calientepocket Chirping

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    Raptor is entirely possible, as we have many hawks and osprey in the area. We live near the beach, and I have seen more than one osprey nest down there.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    I think that chickengeorge has nailed it. Be aware that the predator will most likely return.
     
  7. WthrLady

    WthrLady Songster

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    i agree....
     

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