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What killed her?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by buckyscheerio, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. buckyscheerio

    buckyscheerio Out Of The Brooder

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    Something killed Rita, a sweet older hen between 2 and 4 in the afternoon. She seemed to be partially skinned with the skin pulled up from her back almost over her head and her tail was pulled off. Since that happened I spoke with a friend whose neighbor lost a few chickens in the same manner. Too late now but I'm wondering what might've done that? She wasn't carried off or eaten.
     
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I would suspect a roaming dog. Most wild predators are not going to run off and leave a perfectly good meal behind unless they get interrupted and scared. Even then they often will grab and run. Chickens that are mauled and just left are often the work of a dog.
     
  3. buckyscheerio

    buckyscheerio Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't think it'd be a dog, the chickens are in a large fenced area (52"h livestock panels, narrow spaces at the bottom), they share it with a couple of ducks, two goats and a mini donkey. The area is right behind the house too.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Hawk.
     
  5. TheReadyBoys

    TheReadyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could a cat get into the coop? Maybe it was an air attack of some sort, like aart suggested, a hawk?
     

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