What got fred!! (Pics of wounds)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ninny, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. ninny

    ninny Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    I lost a hen and a rooster yesterday. It was in the afternoon and overcast.

    Heres the pics. Please help!


    There are small puncture marks as well.

    Last edited: Jun 14, 2010
  2. EggSpudition

    EggSpudition Songster

    Feb 2, 2010
    My Coop
    I notice that raccoons tend to come out when it's overcast or rainy here in Idaho... I can't say for sure what got to them-- but I am so sorry for your loss!
  3. ninny

    ninny Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    Quote:Thanks. I m not sure if the pred got spooked and ran or if fred was able to fight it off. But one of my hens is missing.
  4. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Songster

    Hawk maybe. Small puncture marks could be from talons.
  5. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    That looks like a raptor...the puncture marks would be from the talons and the ripping and tearing on the back from the beak. I am so so sorry for your losses
  6. ninny

    ninny Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    Thats what we were thinking. Wonderful.
  7. MrWattles

    MrWattles Hatching

    Jun 13, 2010
    I would say it was a small hawk, like a coopers hawk, because it probably was to small to pick up the chicken and carry it away. I have had this happen several times and I knew it was this hawk because twice I left the victum were I found it and the next day the hawk returned to finish its meal or at least that is what it tried to do!
  8. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Looks like a cat to me.
  9. SeaHen

    SeaHen Songster

    Mar 14, 2009
    Springfield, OR
    I'm so sorry for your loss. We've had chicks taken by Cooper's hawks, but when one attacked my hen it went straight for her head and cannibalized it. To me your pictures look more like raccoon carnage, but they are usually nocturnal. I hope you figure it out. Blessings to you.
  10. ninny

    ninny Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    IL side of the QCA
    Ugh.. well fred was about ten pounds if that helps any. Plus one hen is gone not even a feather is around still. I should add that fred was still alive when we found him. We put him down.
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2010

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