What kills a chicken in the daytime and leaves only feathers behind?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by princessmama, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. princessmama

    princessmama Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
    One of our chickens didn't come to the coop with the rest this evening. After a little searching we found a small pile of feathers about twenty feet from the coop. No blood or at least very little, it was getting dark but there didn't seem to be any and def no body parts.
  2. newchickenmommy

    newchickenmommy Chirping

    Apr 26, 2009
    Ramsey, MN
    Hawks. They will fly off with their catch, and leave very little behind. Maybe a few feathers in the struggle.

    I would be so upset. I worry about them all the time.

    Sorry for your loss :-(

  3. princessmama

    princessmama Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
    I do feel sad. I expected to lose some, you know? But still. My kids are crying though-- Chicken Little was their favorite [​IMG]
  4. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hornbeak, Tennessee
    We lost several to stray dogs that a lady kept taking in. She didn't contain them though and they ran loose wreaking havoc around here. I live in the country but the street I live on is lined in houses. A little community, just one street. After we threatened to make them pay for our chickens they found homes for the dogs. I guess anyway. There was a man a couple houses up from them that kept loosing his flock to the dogs also. He said he was going to start shooting if they didn't do something. Three of our 4 dogs run free but they dont bother chickens. They actually lay with them in the yard. Drink out of the same bucket.

    Anyway, the dogs left a trail of feathers is how we found out who the culprits where. A hawk was about to get one of our chickens once and it scared a squirrel when it came after the hen and startled the hawk and it left empty handed.
  5. jjdward

    jjdward How bout them DAWGS!

    May 4, 2009
    Buchanan, Georgia
    Sorry for your loss [​IMG] FOX FOX FOX
  6. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    Fox mode of operation will often result in a few feathers and no body/blood. That said, a fox or foxes will seldom make just one chook `disappear'.

    Sorry about your girl (vermin almost always seem to take `favorites').
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2009
  7. jjdward

    jjdward How bout them DAWGS!

    May 4, 2009
    Buchanan, Georgia
    Quote:You are right. I lost several this way but it was one at a time over a week or so. Maybe the fox was just casing the joint [​IMG]
  8. Freebird1st

    Freebird1st In the Brooder

    Mar 28, 2009
    Mid TN
    A pack of stray dogs got after three of ours recently.
    Two of them found brush but a third one wasn't so lucky. [​IMG]
    The dogs were caught in the act and run off within a minute or two but one of them apparently took his victim with him leaving only a pile of feathers.
    Sorry to hear of your loss.
  9. AkTomboy

    AkTomboy Songster

    Apr 21, 2009
    DJ, Alaska
    I would think its a bird of some sort hawk, owl and so on. Sneaky buggers. I am sorry for your loss
  10. highcountrychickens

    highcountrychickens Head Rooster Jouster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Jackson Hole
    Oh I'm so sorry to hear this... I lost a few to with the same description... saved the last one by chasing her voice into the sagebrush and catching sight of a bushy red tail... He dropped her and she hid until roosting time.

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