Weasel altercation leads to question

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by PooFarmer, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. PooFarmer

    PooFarmer New Egg

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    A young weasel entered our shop area where we were keeping our hens while we were building the coop. It entered a cage that held two which were separated because of tail picking. When I walked around the corner of the garage that we built the coop behind, I heard one whining like I've never heard before. I approached the cage and noticed a weasel, with one of the two, wrestled to the ground, with its jaw locked to the top of her head. The other chicken was laying in a cut down five gallon bucket, which was starting to slowly fill with her blood. I quickly reached in and halted the second assault. I stood at the edge of the cage and waited for the weasel to come back and try to retrieve its prey. I stood there for about ten minutes, holding a ten lb. hammer at the edge of a table, it finally poked its head out, I dropped the hammer and nailed it. Needless to say, I was ticked, I thought this thing just killed one of my hens. While I waited, the one in the bucket bottom never moved, the other was up and moving around like normal. While I took care of the weasel, the one in the bucket, Very Slowly, came to and started moving around. I examined her and noticed a laceration on the back-left of her head. I watched her very closely after this, everything she did was in slow motion. A normal peck into some food turned into a two second poke, her left eye stayed only half open, and her head was tilted to the left. This all happened about a month ago, and she is still holding stong. BUT. Something very strange to me has been happening to her. I'm sure its not her gullet, but the first "food holding chamber," gets quite large. Looking at her side profile, you'd guess she had been sitting on the roost for hours, and her feathers formed that way. But the chamber got to about grapefruit size, and it got me scared that it may pop. So, now every time it gets to about orange size, I separate her from food, and confine here to a space of her own that only has water available. Wait for her to do her business, then let her back in with the other girls. Please let me know what I can do to stop this blockage, or whatever it may be.
     
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  3. PooFarmer

    PooFarmer New Egg

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    Great Information! Thank you very much!
     
  4. N. Virginia

    N. Virginia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's very good aim with the hammer!

    This question is a little off topic, but did you get a picture of the weasle? Was it brown with a little white under the chin? I've found a few weasles (mink) dead on the side of the roads around Northern VA. Would be interested in seeing a NH weasle.
    Tx,

    VA
     
  5. PooFarmer

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    Actually, I'm in southeast Alaska. It was a weasel, light-brown, white from under chin to base of tail, and the tip of the tail is black. The minks here are a solid dark brown. LOL this guy is actually being stretched next to a mink skin. Not sure about NH, sorry [​IMG]
     
  6. N. Virginia

    N. Virginia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! When you get the skin done, pls post a picture. I'll try to find a pic of the mink I found around here.
    Cheers,
    VA
     
  7. kbu

    kbu Out Of The Brooder

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    my mom used to raise mink back in the day with my grandfather...the thing would probably not have drug the chicken off (per mom) they want to suck the blood out. mom said that they will try to latch on and just hang on there and dry them out then move on to the next one and just fill up on it [​IMG] and they usually do not let go (death grip). mom said that if you have a pile of chickens that are dead and not ripped up then look for the "vampire" bites in the neck and head areas and they have prob. been taken out by one of the weisel family. (one of the boys around here had a 15 chicken group death like this and we think it was weisel also. any that live are usually not "right" after as they have been hurt so bad and can have damage to the brain and spine from the teeth going in and loss of blood.
    i would maybe set some traps or something as if there is one there could very likely be more looking for a simple way to get food. (they are one of my biggest fears!)
    good luck and safe chickens!
     
  8. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    Quote:I would imagine it is a crop problem also. This is probably why you had to seperate her from the rest of the flock to begin with. They will find weak birds and remove them...
     
  9. PooFarmer

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    Good to know, thanks. I've noticed that the others always try to push her off of the roost.
     

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