What Killed My Chicken?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Leine, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. Leine

    Leine Out Of The Brooder

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    Earlier this year, I found the body of one of my standards in the run. Its (don't remember the gender) neck was completely stripped of feathers, and its chest was hollow (eaten). This happened through the chicken wire.
    I know we have raccoons, opossums, coyotes, foxes, etc., but does anyone know what, exactly, killed it?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Probably raccoons. They can grab poultry and pull it to the fence to eat it, everything else usually needs to be in the fence to snag a chicken.
     
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  3. Leine

    Leine Out Of The Brooder

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    But wouldn't a raccoon just have pulled its head off? The chicken's neck was still entirely attached, but void of feathers.
     
  4. Eggsoteric

    Eggsoteric Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your run is covered?
     
  5. B Redhawk

    B Redhawk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coons will eat the chest of a chicken, not interested in the head, a skunk will eat the head. Coons will also kill an entire flock just for fun of killing.
     
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  6. Leine

    Leine Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, the run is completely covered. There is also chicken wire on the ground along the base of the run to keep the raccoons from digging under.
     
  7. Leine

    Leine Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the feedback
     
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  8. Sublight

    Sublight Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not necessarily, I had a coon kill 2 chickens, both had their head. It killed them and only ate one.
     
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  9. Leine

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    Then what happened to the feathers on its neck?
     
  10. Kyanite

    Kyanite Loving Life! Premium Member

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    I agree that it was a raccoon. Raccoons will sometimes even just eat the crop of a chicken. Really, they will eat whatever they can pull through the fence. The feathers on the neck were probably pulled off either by the coon, or other chickens. Once the hen was dead, the others may have explored around and eaten some feathers. I had it happen in my coop when a hen died during the night. In the morning some of the others had pecked some feathers off.
     

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