What did this to my babies???!!! Please help!!Only heads found........

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by wischickenlover, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. wischickenlover

    wischickenlover Songster

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    In two days, we have found only the heads of two of our banties. Two more are missing.[​IMG] What predator does this?? We are heartbroken and would like to catch the culprit. Thanks for any ideas.
     
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  2. ruby

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    A mink or weasel?? They are know to rip a head off. If the bird is small enough they could drag it off. Sorry
     
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

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    If only the heads are left, sounds like an owl. Im so sorry for your loss. Watch the tree tops. Are they in a covered run!?
     
  4. Capt. Crusoe

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    So sorry for your loss and I know how devastating this can be. I sobbed for two days the night I lost six birds. Turned out to be wild mink. They used the same method - chewing the heads off and leaving the carcass of 4 behind. They seem to kill for sport and then drag off whatever they feel like eating whole. I trapped them with a live trap, using "suet for woodpeckers" as bait. I tied a piece 1½”x 1½” x 1” to the back of the trap. They will never kill another one of my birds.

    I then reinforced my pen with ½”x ½” x 4' wire cloth and finished it off with 3 strands of electric fencing at 5 “ intervals around the outside base of the run and coop. Never had another loss. [​IMG]
     

  5. I think it can pretty much be anything predatory. Coons will do the same thing.....
     
  6. F.L Buff

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    I am so sorry! mabye a mink or a owl?
     
  7. wischickenlover

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    Thanks so much for all your replies. I'm not sure why, but I'm thinking owl. There are no bodies anywhere-only heads. It breaks my heart-they were so young. I just hope they didn't suffer. Now, how do I stop it? My girls have always been free range-the coop is too small to keep them confined all day and night. Any input would be appreciated...thanks!
     

  8. Rainman

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    Quote:I agree. This is consistent with the manner in which these predators kill. These animals have a very high metabolic rate and drag their prey off to store for later.
     

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