What killed it?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Lady EE, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. Lady EE

    Lady EE Songster

    May 10, 2011
    Last night, one of our hens got left out, and in the morning, she was dead. Whatever it was seemed to have been trying to eat the eggs out of her, as that was the only place she seemed to have been touched.She was an Icelandic.What killed her?
  2. Rocky Rhodes

    Rocky Rhodes Songster

    Oct 5, 2013
    North Georgia Mountains
    It sounds like an opossum or a raccoon. From my experience, raccoons will usually eat just the head and leave the decapitated corpse. I don't know if that is typical but I have had it happen several times. The opossum is probably the culprit. Most other predators, foxes, coyotes, or dogs usually only leave feathers behind. I had a lot of problems with predators until I got a dog. I have lost birds to all of the above. With a barking dog in the yard, most predators stay away. Animal traps work well, but you'll never trap 'em all. Sorry for your loss. Good luck.

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