What do you think this could be??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dani_chickenz, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. dani_chickenz

    dani_chickenz Out Of The Brooder

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    This morning I let my chickens out for the day, but when I came back a few hours later my rooster had disapeared! I then noticed all the feathers scattered throught my backyard and after following the feathers i found my rooster in the grass not even 25ft away from the coop. He had had his insides and his neck eaten but whatever had gotten to him had left the rest of him there. Does anybody know what could have done this, and on top of it in broad daylight?
    Thanks for reading and please help so I can find out what to do so my other chickens don't get attacked.
    Thansk again bye [​IMG]
     
  2. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds just like a raccoon.
     
  3. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    Sounds fox-like to me...
     
  4. duckinnut

    duckinnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Without a doubt,thats the handy work of a mink. Had a friend catch one eating one of his. Six of his others head missing and the insides eaten out.
     
  5. dani_chickenz

    dani_chickenz Out Of The Brooder

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    BigDaddy'sGurl :

    Sounds fox-like to me...

    But wouldn't a fox have taken the chicken away and not have left him where he killed it??​
     
  6. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. dani_chickenz

    dani_chickenz Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Would a racoon have come out during the day though? and he was a pretty large brahma rooster on top of it.... so could it have been a racoon?
     
  8. dani_chickenz

    dani_chickenz Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks chi-rn [​IMG]
    its nice having such helpful people
     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2011
  9. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    I had a hawk do that same thing to a barred rock hen. Feathers everywhere, and guts.
     
  10. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    Quote:Yeah, OP is right when correcting me about a fox: it would have hauled it far away before eating. Think this answer by Hot2Pot is probably more likely.
     

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