What killed my chicken?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by brbg7, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. brbg7

    brbg7 Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a chicken that would fly over the fence and would forage outside then at night she would fly back into the pen. Today i found her eaten just outside the coop. There were feathers everywhere. The predator ate everything in her except the bones. They even ate the flesh off her neck and face as well as her insides. Any idea what might do this?
     
  2. BoomChickaPop

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    I have no idea a picture would really help identify(If you haven't buried her yet)
    Could be a raccoon or fox or weasel
     
  3. Turkeyface2350

    Turkeyface2350 Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree with Boom but it also depends on where you live. Foxes are very well known for eating chickens but in my experience they tend to kill and take the bodies away, not leave it at the scene.
     
  4. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    True foxes do take them away not leave them at the crime scene
    Just what could it be[​IMG]
     
  5. brbg7

    brbg7 Out Of The Brooder

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    Heres a picture of the chicken. I live in Michigan. I didnt get a picture of her neck and face before i buried her but it was noting but bones.
     
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  6. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicken doesn't look like how you described her
    She looks worse I will have to see what did this
    In the meantime the predator might come back so keep the rest of your flock safe
     
  7. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where are you located? What is your weather like? Snow on the ground? Any prints? Usually canines and larger predators will carry the body away and eat it elsewhere, so I suspect it was something that couldn't carry the body or eat bones. Canines would crunch them. Do you have hawks? A feather explosion usually can often mean a hit from above and if the chicken is over two pounds a hawk usually cannot carry.
    I've witnessed two unsuccessful hawk attacks on my chickens and both times the hawk went after a young chicken in the ten week old range, perhaps hoping to be able to carry it away. Both times the birds were able to take cover, once under the deck and once under an evergreen.
    Added: Just saw your picture. Weasels will gnaw and drink blood. Usually they'll get chickens roosting. Don't think they would eat that much. I'm not really sure what raccoons do. I know they will pull body parts off.
     
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  8. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could've been a hawk
    What time of day do you think it happened?
     
  9. brbg7

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    Not sure what time she was eaten. I live in southern michigan. I found her today. She could have been eaten in the last few days because she was missing. When i went behind the coop today looking for her and i found her like this. She was about a year old EE. I know we do have critters in the area because we live by woods and farm fields.
     
  10. brbg7

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    I found a spot about 2 feet away with more feathers and corn on the ground. (I think it was inside her crop.)
     

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