What would do this? (Graphic)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by rrgrassi, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. rrgrassi

    rrgrassi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am now down to just one RIR hen. It all started about a month ago...I bought two younger RIR hens and one Golden Silkie

    A week ago, I found what was left of my silkie. At that point I cut back the elm tree that was touching the top of the coop.

    I added flashing around all the trees last year to keep coons and possums from climbing the trees.

    Last Tuesday, I found one RIR to me missing, and the other to have its head and neck missing. I found her just out side of the coop entrance.

    Today, I find the rooster missing without a trace, and one of the older RIR with her head and neck missing, body slpayed open and a wing torn off. I found the silkie like this as well, but her wings were intact. I did take a pic of the carnage.

    Nothing was caught in the trap. I do know that coyotes and bobcats are in the area. I have trapped and killed plenty of coons, possums and the occasional skunk.

    Thanks!

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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    The head and neck missing sounds like a hawk or owl. The pic looks like coyote or maybe raccoon. Sorry something got to your birds.
     
  3. rrgrassi

    rrgrassi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info!

    What can carry off a full grown Amercana Rooster?
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    A coyote , bobcat, or even a fox could readily carry off a full size bird. As far as flying predators, only an eagle could manage the job.
     
  5. rrgrassi

    rrgrassi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been baiting a trap, and nothing goes in. A coyote will not fit, but a fox should, and big coons do also.

    There is an eagle sanctuary about 40 miles east of here.

    Thanks for the info!

    I live just west of Greenville, TX.
     
  6. Hillschicks

    Hillschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bait your traps with that dead body... A mink and other weasels will bite off the head and suck the blood right out, but generally will go on a killing spree and kill all the chickens first... Possum like to eat out the stomache area... Coons like to eat wings n such... Coon or possum both could carry a chicken away and eat it somewhere... As could a coyote, fox or anything... And dont for a second think only an eagle could carry away a large rooster... A hawk will **** sure try
     

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