What killed my chicken?

Mellysandwich

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There other day I let my 9 hens and rooster out of the coop, but neglected to do a head count due to trying to quickly return to my potty training toddler. When I came back out late morning to give them food scraps I noticed one bird was missing. When I looked in the coop right there by the pulley door her carcass was laying. You cannot tell from the picture but most of her neck and a fair bit below it was gone. My thought is that a raccoon lifted the door at night? I don't think it happened during the day. The coop is surrounded by fence, but isn't electrified currently so I think some animals are gaining access at night. I've definitely seen a skunk in there. My thought is that whatever got her was likely still in there when I opened the coop up in the morning and I just didn't see it.
 

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chickendreams24

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I'm also going to add skunk to the possibilities as just a few weeks ago we had a skunk in the coop and it almost completely consumed a bird in 18-24 hours. It was also the largest skunk I've ever seen. Possum or raccoon are also very likely.
 

chickendreams24

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Yes I should also have mentioned that. Mink will consume their prey after killing it and drinking the blood.

We had huge problems here with mink in the past. *Knock on wood it doesn't come back* as we were never able to deal with it.
 

Mellysandwich

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:pop Keep us updated! If you can trap it and it isn't a protected animal, I would suggest culling it humanly so it doesn't come back. Once a predator has had a taste of chicken blood it will not stop eating and killing your chickens.
I will! So far I've failed to trap it or catch anything on my game cam. Another attempt tonight though.
 

Mellysandwich

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I'm also going to add skunk to the possibilities as just a few weeks ago we had a skunk in the coop and it almost completely consumed a bird in 18-24 hours. It was also the largest skunk I've ever seen. Possum or raccoon are also very likely.
I'm thinking it's a skunk possibly. There is a skunk that regularly visits their fenced in area to get leftovers. I started picking up their food at night so maybe it was able to nudge the door open. None of the other birds were hurt which seems unlike a raccoon.
 

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