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

princessmama

Songster
10 Years
Apr 2, 2009
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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.
 

newchickenmommy

Chirping
10 Years
Apr 26, 2009
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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 :-(

Sally
 

princessmama

Songster
10 Years
Apr 2, 2009
269
4
129
I do feel sad. I expected to lose some, you know? But still. My kids are crying though-- Chicken Little was their favorite
 

emvickrey

ChowDown Silkie Farm
10 Years
Mar 5, 2009
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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.
 

ivan3

spurredon
12 Years
Jan 27, 2007
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BOCOMO
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').
 
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jjdward

How bout them DAWGS!
10 Years
May 4, 2009
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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
 

Freebird1st

Chirping
11 Years
Mar 28, 2009
67
1
84
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.

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.
 

highcountrychickens

Head Rooster Jouster
11 Years
Aug 28, 2008
660
4
141
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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