what killed my chicken during the day?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by gretchen3212, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. gretchen3212

    gretchen3212 New Egg

    Sep 18, 2014
    I went out to the coop to close up about 4:30 pm and found one of my bantam roosters completely defeathered except his wings hollowed out and his head and neck missing I have the pen enclosed with 6 1/2 foot tall chicken wire that dropped into the ground 1 ft. And has a gravel border around it. So whatever killed him either got in from the top or pulled his head through the wire....
    also I could not find the feathers lying on the ground anywhere....which is something new in my experience.
    What might the predator be?
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.

    If your run is not covered, it could be a few things. A hawk will come into your pen, as could a raccoon. Weasels will eat the head and neck... It's really hard to say what it could have been.
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    This sounds like a typical hawk attach. Please explain were the feathers went.
  4. maxsgoldens

    maxsgoldens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2015
    west Yorkshire, UK
    When hawks attack they kill their prey, pluck it than eat it on the spot. If it was disturbed it would have flown off, which is the reason the bodies are still there

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