What could have killed our beloved chicken????

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ldraeger, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. ldraeger

    ldraeger New Egg

    Oct 19, 2012
    Our beloved chicken was killed and we can't determine by what type predator. Tons of her feathers were found in our yard and her carcass was just across the street in the neighbors yard with more strewn feathers. When I retrieved her she was on her side still with full feathers but when I picked her up I found the other side of her (and her chest & belly) were completely bare of any feathers. She had a couple puncture wounds, very little blood and still warm. This was about 4 or 5 PM and nobody heard or saw anything. I'm sure her attacker must have been scared off but but it seems so odd the side with no feathers was so completely bare. Does anyone have a clue as to what the predator could be?
  2. DianaMallory

    DianaMallory Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2012
    Lancaster Ohio
    Sounds like a cat or dog! Stop free range and save yourself anymore heart ache! So sorry about your loss.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2012
  3. mtnviewfarms

    mtnviewfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    So sorry for your loss but I totally agree with Diana about the risks of free ranging. We have
    way too many potential preds around where we live and have our chickens - including our own
    dogs as potential culprits.

    Pasturing our flock would be our first choice BUT after much research, speaking to other
    flock owners and reading the horror stories on here and other sites about free range atrocities
    we elected to build a large pred proof house with several separate rooms and a huge totally
    secured and covered run for our large flock of 70 plus birds.

    In addition to their premium diet of layer pellets with pre and probiotics they also get supplement of gamebird scratch,
    black oil sunflower seeds, fresh fruit, garden greens, weeds, flowers, grasses, etc. from our
    property daily.

    We have never lost a bird in the three years we have been keeping them and all seem very happy
    and produce large amounts of eggs and many happy hours of 'chicken TV' in the safety and
    security of their home where they can feel the sunshine, see outside but stay pred free.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2012
  4. RockerHen

    RockerHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2011
    Chappells, SC
    Sounds like a dog. They tend to mouth, pull feathers, and 'play' the bird more than actually eating it, then get bored and leave it.

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