What hurt my chicken?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by letitiah81, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. letitiah81

    letitiah81 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This injury if from a chicken hawk or eagle right?[​IMG]
     
  2. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper

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    Not necessarily. Do you have a rooster? I've had roosters do that kind of damage to a hen.
     
  3. FarmerTony

    FarmerTony Out Of The Brooder

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    It is possible if you have too many roosters they can do that. Try to keep the Roosters to hen ratio below 1:3 (i.e. 3 or more hens per rooster). and preferably 6 hens per rooster.

    However, since the other hen isn't showing signs of excessive breeding, it was probably a predator. I think it unlikely that it was a hawk, more likely a possum or coon, they like to chew the wings off to stop getting flapped in the face.

    A closeup of the injury would make it easier to tell.
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2016

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