What eats JUST the head?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by wistlindixie, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. wistlindixie

    wistlindixie Songster

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    Ok, what kind of critter eats just the head and attacks during the daytime? I lost a rooster today. :-(
     
  2. Quote:Weasel
     
  3. andythescot

    andythescot Songster

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    Great Horned Owls will just eat the heads. Don't think that they are exclusive to hunting at night, if an owl is awake and sees prey, it won't hesitate to pounce.
     
  4. Peck Johnson

    Peck Johnson Chirping

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    Yes, weasel. I know someone who lost a couple dozen birds to a single weasel and it only took off the heads and drank the blood I think.
     
  5. SLWyandotte

    SLWyandotte Chirping

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    depends on if it actually got in the run/coop. a chicken can stick their head through most chicken wire. if it's all they can reach almost anything will only take the head i would think.
     
  6. Weasels can fit through 1/2" chicken wire. [​IMG]
     
  7. The Kibble Goddess

    The Kibble Goddess Songster

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    Cats and many other animals start eating their kill with eating the head. If it got interrupted while it was eating.....
     
  8. wistlindixie

    wistlindixie Songster

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    The rooster that got eaten was outside the enclosed fence. I have a couple that have taken to flying over the fence (6 ft.) and then back over to roost at night. This attack happened during the daytime.
     
  9. Judy

    Judy Crowing

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    I recently lost 5 to an early daytime coyote attack. One found dead but no parts missing, one found dead with the head missing only, and 3 gone, only feathers found. A neighbor saw the coyotes, and I found a single coyote track near my back door.
     
  10. GreenGables

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    Someone told me a hawk took their chicken's head off. [​IMG]
     

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