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What in the heck does this to a chicken? **WARNING GROSS DEAD CHECKEN PIC**

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Torch404, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. Torch404

    Torch404 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure what time of day it happened I was away for a day but something dragged this one off and left a trail of feathers behind and this. It's like all the skin was taken off. It looked like a leg was chewed a little but no body damage that I could see. I didn't get a chance to clean it up and it took off with the body after dark.

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  2. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    Is the head gone?
    Possible opposum. Seen it before.
     
  3. Torch404

    Torch404 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure if the head is gone. It looked like it was tucked under the bird but it could be gone. I didn't move the body and see.
     
  4. polskituft

    polskituft Out Of The Brooder

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    Yikes
     
  5. DianaMallory

    DianaMallory Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have weasels or rats around you?
     
  6. mustang56

    mustang56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe a hawk.....I heard they drag body off into brush or somewhere close by where they killed it to first pluck the feathers off.....and then take off with the chicken....
    They pluck first and then take it home for dinner.
     
  7. farmer boy

    farmer boy Chillin' With My Peeps

    if it was a bird of prey they eat the breasts of the chickens
     
  8. BackyardAnita

    BackyardAnita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Same thing happened to me. Trail of feathers all over the yard, found the poor chicken headless with it's insides eaten. [​IMG]
    I'm pretty sure a raccoon got mine.
     
  9. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    I had a pup that licked all the feathers off a chicken before i caught him and it looked just like that.
     
  10. Chickenfan4life

    Chickenfan4life Overrun With Chickens

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    It was a dog, for certain. We have dealt with too many dogs that have done the exact same thing.
     

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