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What got my big hen?

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

  1. Stormy

    Stormy Out Of The Brooder

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    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.


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  2. Zoomie

    Zoomie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Overrun With Chickens

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    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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