What killed my chicken?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mrsjoc, May 12, 2010.

  1. mrsjoc

    mrsjoc Hatching

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    I know it's hard to answer without knowing the area or seeing tracks I guess, but the killing happened sometime this morning (after 7 and before 1). The head was taken and the body was left behind. What sort of animal hunts durning the day and takes the head? Thanks for your answers.
     
  2. SAORSA

    SAORSA Chirping

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    [​IMG] I have only seen that once. In my case it was a Chicken Hawk. They are especially fond of chicks.
    I still don't know what they do with the heads. [​IMG]

    A "Chicken Hawk" could be any one of the following, Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk and the Red-tailed Hawk.
    Usually a Red-tailed Hawk will eat most of the kill on site.

    My two cents. [​IMG]
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

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    On the MN prairie.
    Great horned owls will do the same thing.
     
  4. chickM4st3r(AL)

    chickM4st3r(AL) In the Brooder

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    its probably a dog cuz it didnt eat it just (played) the tak a trophy home at times
     
  5. Rammy

    Rammy Songster

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    Could of been a raccoon. There is a post on here about what can kill your birds and the signs of what it could possibly be. It stated that raccoons will do what you wrote. I had something kill three of my hens last week but I think it was a fox.

    Rammy
     
  6. rigagirl

    rigagirl Songster

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    Weasels also kill that way, they just got my 6 chicks on monday that were almost 2 months old
     

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