Weasels

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ejstoner, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. ejstoner

    ejstoner Out Of The Brooder

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    This is kind of a late post,but last year I came home from a weekend trip to find 9 out of 10-- 2 month old birds dead, and every one of them was missing its head. That was all that was eaten. I researhed it, and came to the conclusion that it was the work of a weasel. Any thoughts on the subject? They were all in their indoor cage.
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I have read that a weasel can get through a really small opening, I want to say 1" by 1".
     
  3. Faverolle

    Faverolle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like it was probably a weasel although rats will also sometime just eat the heads as well. Weasels can fit into very small openings. I saw one squeeze into an opening roughly around the diameter of a quarter.
     
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Your other option and possible predator...raccoon. Great dexterity, take the heads also.
     
  5. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There was a study in NC that found that most of the attacks that were attributed to weasels were actually done by rats.
     

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