What kills and leaves whole chickens behind?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kcallis, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. kcallis

    kcallis Out Of The Brooder

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    I've lost two 8 month old chickens to an unknown predator in the last two weeks. In both cases, the chicken is intact, but all the tail feathers are gone. One had a puncture wound to the back and the other had scratches, but unknown cause of death. They were not missing any body parts. The two attacks occur a week and half apart. Any ideas of what could have gotten them? I live in the city, with a 5 ft fence around my back yard. Lots of trees and bushes. The chickens free range in the back yard. Feather were found both in open areas and under bushes.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Sorry for your losses. The only animals that I know that commonly kill for fun and leave the prey behind are dogs and humans. My guess in your case was a dog.
     
  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    MERRY LAND
    Sounds like a dog most times they do the CHASE for the fun of it, but usually dont bother with eating them.
     
  4. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    MERRY LAND
    Quote:Did I really take 3 minutes to type one sentence?? I must be getting slow and old.
     
  5. ChickenCop

    ChickenCop Chillin' With My Peeps

    weasels:(
     
  6. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Minnesota
    I may be wrong, but dont weasels kill just for the fun of it at times?
     
  7. Hawn808C

    Hawn808C Out Of The Brooder

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    maybe it was a chubracabra..
     
  8. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    [​IMG] , what is that? My thought was a dog. They will kill for the fun of it
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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  10. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Most likely a dog.
     

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