What is killing my chicks--neck wound

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by princessmama, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. princessmama

    princessmama Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
    Second time finding one of my chicks in the middle of the coop with a neck wound, skin stripped off of head. The second one had all the neck except the bone eaten away and a small wound under one wing. The first time I thought a racoon or fox had bitten it through the wire and the other chicks had pecked at it. This time I'm not so sure. All the chicks are fully feathered except for the two that were killed. Their developement had slowed way down and they still didn't have all their feathers (well, one had been slow from the start, I think they were both roosters.) They are in a coop with three bantams, two hens (one with four tiny chicks) and a rooster, that my FIL brought home a couple weeks ago.
  2. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    Sorry for your loss.

    A rat will do this, i had it happen once when a chick did not make it in at night, found her on the shelf outside the coop the next morning, i knew it was a rat because i had set some watermellon seeds on that shelf and you could see where it had sat there and ate all the seeds.
  3. Momnpop2010

    Momnpop2010 In the Brooder

    May 25, 2010
    You can rule out a coon since it wasn't pulled through the wire
  4. RAWR

    RAWR Songster

    May 26, 2009
    who wants to know?
    rat [​IMG]
    im sorry about your chicks

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