What predator does not eat bones?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by nipper75, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. nipper75

    nipper75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lost my little bantam roo yesterday to an unknown predator. Found a pile of feathers where I believe that attack happened and then some more a few yards away. My husband found what was left of him today:
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    Skelton
    Feet

    He said it was picked clean.

    What could this be?
     
  2. Twistedfeather

    Twistedfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you aware of any predators that are common in your area? (Are there presence of coyotes, racoons, hawks, Fox, Weasel) Sometimes if we know what's common in the area we can figure out what it is
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Sounds like a predator killed and consumed part of the bird and the rest was cleaned up by scavenger birds.
     
  4. nipper75

    nipper75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We gave all of the predators you listed. But which one leaves bones only. This was all in a matter of 24 hours. Carcass found in the woods
     
  5. jerryse

    jerryse Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Sounds like a bird of prey . Hawk or owl . They avoid eating larger bones . Owls spit up pellets of fur and small bones as they can not digest them .
     
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  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    A domestic or feral cat will leave bones behind but there will probably be tooth marks all over them. It was a bantam so a cat is possible.

    A few years back I shot a skunk before breakfast near the coop but waited until after breakfast to take care of the carcass. In the meantime vultures stripped the skeleton bare and turned the pelt inside out. They did leave the smell unfortunately. Too bad they didn’t consume everything.

    Don’t get too hung up on just bones being left. It is very possible something else killed the rooster and vultures stripped the carcass like Ol Grey Mare said. It doesn’t take them long. That leaves a really long list of possible predators, raccoon, skunk, possum, bird of prey, or weasel just to name a few.
     

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