What hurt my chicken?

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

  1. letitiah81

    letitiah81 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 3, 2015
    This injury if from a chicken hawk or eagle right?[​IMG]
  2. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper

    Nov 3, 2010
    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

    Sep 7, 2016
    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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