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What killed my chicken

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Deer lane farm, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. Deer lane farm

    Deer lane farm In the Brooder

    Aug 26, 2014
    I found the chicken in the fenced in yard but not locked in the enclosed cage, the door was open because It was day. The head was still on but the neck was plucked clean. Only one or two what looked like bites from the chest. It was raining so i don't know if there were any animal tracks. The other chickens are fine.
    I thought I could leave them out during the day for a bit. But I guess not. I'm so upset.
  2. HarrisOBIE

    HarrisOBIE In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2014
    what do you mean by the fenced in yard? was there a top where the chicken was staying? and what breed was the chicken?
  3. Deer lane farm

    Deer lane farm In the Brooder

    Aug 26, 2014
    No, I have the inside coop I lock up at night. Then I have the fenced in pen with a roof that I have keep them locked in all winter. Since it is light longer I tried letting them out in the fenced in pen the part with no roof. It didn't end well. Now I will keep them locked in the pen with the roof unless i am outside or the dogs are standing guard. My dogs protect them. I left them out and was not home when the intrusion took place.
  4. HarrisOBIE

    HarrisOBIE In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2014
    ok, i can tell you what got your chicken and how to prevent it from happening again if you can tell me the breed of the chicken it was, and how big your flock was.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    The breed and number of chickens has nothing to do with it.

    Sounds like a hawk attack to me.
  6. youngchooklover

    youngchooklover Crowing

    Feb 10, 2013
    yo momma
    X2 Hawk.
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2015
  7. HarrisOBIE

    HarrisOBIE In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2014
    the breed defiantly has something to do with it. i want to know the breed because i want to know the size of the chicken. if the chickens is a very large chicken than hawks won't attack the chicken, hawks tend to go for smaller breeds of chickens. if you don't believe me than look it up.
  8. justplainbatty

    justplainbatty Songster

    Nov 30, 2007
    emmet MI
    Last year, around this same time, I had close call a hawk attack. One of my BO's managed to get to cover between some cattle panels I had leaning up against the shed. The hawk was perched on the panel, obviously trying to figure out how to get at the chicken. I chased the hawk off and retrieved a traumatized but unharmed BO, a large bird! The predators are starved and desperate this time of year. A defenseless chicken of any size is fair game! It's best to keep chickens under cover this time of year! I did not have a covered run last year but I do this year![​IMG]
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  9. lucycat10

    lucycat10 Hatching

    Mar 12, 2015
    A hawk took one of my full grown Golden Comets yesterday and she was a big girl. Hawks and eagles are out trying to find food for their young. If they are desperate enough they will certainly go for a larger chicken.
  10. JJSS89

    JJSS89 Songster

    May 14, 2014
    E Washington
    Hawks tend to go for the available food.

    Sure they'd target the smaller of the bunch but when the pickings are slim, they go for full sized chickens all the time.

    I had a hawk attack a jake that was 2x as big in stature as a grown chicken

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