What was it!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by cmom, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I just went out to collect eggs and one of my big girls was dead next to the fence in their range area. She was fine earlier. Something killed her and had eaten her in her belly. I just burried her. I wished I had taken a picture. I didn't see any tracks. I saw a crow out there earlier. I just put them in their run and locked the gate. I just set up the critter cam. It is zero lux but I put a light out too.

    I lost another girl last night time for the critter cam again!!!
     
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  2. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

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    Hawk maybe?
     
  3. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    Sorry you lost your girl. I HATE it when that happens!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2008
    Gladstone MI
    possum's will eat out the inside first.
     
  5. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wasn't a hawk... they leave a big pile of feathers but no meat or flesh.

    What time was it (night or day?).

    I'd go with the possum or other night critter like raccoon. Could also be a fox, sometimes they leave half the carcass to come back and eat later. But google "predator signs carcass" or something like that.

    My guess is they'll come back again, so it would be best to take security measures asap.

    Scroll down to the end at this link: http://icwdm.org/Inspection/livestock.asp
     
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  6. SharonX

    SharonX Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Yes or a coon as that is what killed my baby Brahma (saw the coon in the tree eating it) last month and then tonight my big girl was eaten from the belly/breast and just the feathered back was left. Usually a coon or possum.

    I am so sorry you lost her.
     
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    The critter came back up and dug up my bird that I had burried 2ft deep. There were tracks. It was either a cayote, fox or dog. What ever it was if it comes back it will be dead. SSS. I have a camera set up out there now and a VCR. I am recordoing I am using my dead girl as bait and I put traps out. My gun is loaded.
     
  8. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2008
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    Well I am still thinking possom. A dog or dog like animal has a great sense of smell and they could just be a second party to the crime. Kind of like a after the fact criminal. I still wouldn't want it hanging around digging up bodies.
     
  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Well after one of my birds was killed I put out traps,I have gotten several skunks mainly. Today I got a big possum in one. It is now history. I don't know if it was the possum or not but something has tried to dig under one of my coops also. I didn't set up the critter cam tonight but will tomarrow. I have never had any problems except for the past couple of weeks. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. chickencarsten

    chickencarsten Out Of The Brooder

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    the same thing happened to me except all 12 of my chickens died . you said the insides were eaten. that what happened to me . i think a weasle or a fishercat might of got them.[​IMG]
     

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