What would eat just the breast?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by birdnutz, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. birdnutz

    birdnutz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ex brother in law is having problems with some thing killing and eating just the breast of chickens,ducks and pilgrim geese. Any ideas what this could be? This is out on the grasslands. So it has to be some kind of dry land predator. Hawk maybe?
     
  2. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like nobody dares to touch this one [​IMG] Guess we'll have to wait for PC [​IMG]
     
  3. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's been my experiance that a Hawk will do this and yes they can take full grown geese.
     
  4. CrowinKing

    CrowinKing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm gonna say hawk as well!
     
  5. Zookeeper9000

    Zookeeper9000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Racoon will eat just the breast meat.
     
  6. birdnutz

    birdnutz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone for the replies. I was also thinking hawk,but I figured they'd eat more of the bird. I'm doubtful about raccooms since they live out on the grasslands. But anything is possiable. There are lots of hawks and eagles out there though. Everything from goldens to kestrals. Anyone heard of a humongous hawk? I hadn't before I went to the raptor rescue. They're as big as an eagle. Also very rare I heard.
     
  7. Poohbear

    Poohbear On a Time Out

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    Horned-Owls will eat breast from a grown chicken. He will usually come back evry night or every other night in the early morning hours.
     
  8. scgamecock

    scgamecock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A opossum will doit too.
     
  9. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My money's on the possum. They're smaller than racoons, so they tend to eat their prey where they kill it. Racoons will grab the bird and run.

    I've found the best thing to do is set a trap near the coop, bait it with dry dog food and/or chicken parts (tied to the cage), and then cover it with hay so it looks like a den. This works so well that last week I caught two coons and a possum in three days. You can see the varmints and the trap I use here: http://www.countrychickens.com/country_chickens_4_006.htm

    Traps
    aren't cheap, but they cost less than constantly replacing your birds.

    Kathy in Texas
     
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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