What killed her?

buckyscheerio

Chirping
7 Years
Sep 18, 2013
11
1
77
east central Wisconsin
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.
 

cafarmgirl

Crowing
10 Years
Mar 24, 2009
5,521
613
327
California, central valley
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.
 

buckyscheerio

Chirping
7 Years
Sep 18, 2013
11
1
77
east central Wisconsin
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.
 

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