What predator would gut a chicken?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by rrgrassi, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. rrgrassi

    rrgrassi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found one of my RIR hens by the back fence of the run. She was completely gutted from the tail end. I did see teeth marks on her flesh. No feathers missing, head and neck were intact.

    I was wondering what would do that? We do have possums, coons and skunks out here.

    I am going to set up the trap and shoot what ever it is. I live in the county, so I can shoot without worrying about the law.

    All the others are fine though.

    Thanks!
     
  2. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    Of the list you provided I'd select skunk followed by the possum.

    If there is a bite on the neck or under the wings I'd say a weasel, and the gutting was the result of a second visit by the weasel or any other member of the "skunk" family happening upon the kill. It is even possible (given the correct conditions) that the gutting was the result of the other flock members once the bird was down for the count.
     
  3. rrgrassi

    rrgrassi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info!!!!

    Trap setting time!
     

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