What got my big hen?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Stormy, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. Stormy

    Stormy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2008
    South Carolina
    This happened today between 2:30pm and 5pm with temperature outside of 60 degrees, sunny clear sky.

    Husband thinks Hawk because of the way the body looks.

    I thought one of the neighbors cats because it looks like she put up a fight or a run because the feathers are scattered so far from the body and it was not a windy day.

    What predator do you think got her?

    She free-ranged with 21 others on 8 acres with wooded area surrounding the area of the driveway where we found her. Warning: Graphic pictures below.


  2. Zoomie

    Zoomie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2015
    Mora, NM USA
    Yeah... that looks like a hawk to me. Hawks will pluck out the feathers and sort of throw them around like that. I would expect a dog to kill the chicken and drop it, a coyote or fox to pick it up and disappear with it, but a hawk is a surprisingly small bird and they have to eat what they can on the ground, right where the kill occurred.
  3. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge True BYC Addict

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    Yup sure looks like hawk damage.

    Wooded area is a great place for a hawk to hang out and pick a target.

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