What decapitates and eats only the guts?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by krebolo125, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. krebolo125

    krebolo125 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    Hello, I am new to owning chickens and ducks and I have or had 4 Cayuga ducks, one is a drake, and 7 Dominque hens. They are all about 8 months and we have been free ranging for about 6 months successfully. We have about two acres with a barn and attached coop and the land in surrounded by woods and houses. So last Sunday we got home late and we usually are home at dinner time. I went to the barn and did my head count and was short a duck :( . I found her in the middle of the yard decapitated withe her guts eaten out. What wouldn't the predator eat the whole duck, it seems like such a waste! My poor duck, she was so sweet but she was at the bottom of the pecking order. We live in SE New England and I know we have fox in the neighborhood but would a fox leave the body behind?

    We have not let them free range since the incident, how long should we keep them locked up? I am thinking of only letting them out for a little while at night right before I lock them up.

    Any suggestions on the predator or free ranging would be appreciated!!

    Thank you!!

  2. crankster76

    crankster76 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 25, 2011
    sounds like a possum.
  3. BooneHillbilly

    BooneHillbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2009
    West Virginia
    I would say a coon... Im having basically the same problem right not with my chickens.
  4. redrooster78

    redrooster78 New Egg

    Jan 22, 2012
    sounds like its died then maggots has eat its way in to it im so sorry to hear this.
  5. krebolo125

    krebolo125 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    Ok, so I agree and I think it was a coon as well. Everything I read says the same thing! Yikes I hope it was quick!!
  6. Alethea

    Alethea Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    I'm sorry about your loss. Weasels will also decapitate, suck out what they want and leave the rest of the body.
  7. littleoak

    littleoak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2010
    Ashmore IL 61912
    I think you will find it to be a possum. They're stupid and easy to catch. Possums always eat the insides.
  8. kgardiner

    kgardiner Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 12, 2011
    North Port, FL
    I'd think it is a raccoon as well... I just had either a raccoon or a bobcat kill 4 hens at once. Today I built a trap for it - hoping my predator problem is on it's way to being solved! I'll find out in the morning![​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2012
  9. littlethorn

    littlethorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2009
    Northern California
    Second the coon. It's the only predator I have ever seen do this when it attacked the animals around my pond (including a turtle). The good news is that it only came at night so once we knew it was around it was easy just to make sure no one was out after dark.
  10. mominoz

    mominoz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2009
    North Georgia
    Any of the above, but if it was daytime, most of those are night predators,(mostly), but whatever it was it will be back in a couple days for l more free lunch, so take precautions, Lock up or set trap. Both are good.

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