What would kill but not eat?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by CindyJeann, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. CindyJeann

    CindyJeann Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Something killed a rooster last night but didn't eat it.
     
  2. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    more info would be helpful, housing, injuries etc...
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2011
  3. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    weasel / mink
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Quote:x2. Or a dog. Sorry for your loss.
     
  5. columbiacritter

    columbiacritter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dog
     
  6. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, check it for injuries. If it was mauled it may have been a dog. If it looks fairly intact, check the neck area for a sign of a slit or blood, that indicates a mink or weasel. Head gone or crop eaten means something was trying for the left over food that was stored--possum or raccoon. Also if the body was found right were it was killed it also gives a clue--dogs generally are messy while other canines will try to drag the body to a safe place to eat or cache it. There is a lot of CSI that one can do to get a clue.
     
  8. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, check it for injuries. If it was mauled it may have been a dog. If it looks fairly intact, check the neck area for a sign of a slit or blood, that indicates a mink or weasel. Head gone or crop eaten means something was trying for the left over food that was stored--possum or raccoon. Also if the body was found right were it was killed it also gives a clue--dogs generally are messy while other canines will try to drag the body to a safe place to eat or cache it. There is a lot of CSI that one can do to get a clue.

    Very good point!
     
  9. ChickenThug

    ChickenThug Out Of The Brooder

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    Weasels and Minks can be a big problem. Haven't had any "yet" but trust me they're terrible. They kill the chickens and just leave em lay and drink their blood. It's almost satanic lookin the way it turns up. And the worst is that if they can get their tiny lil nose through a hole they can squeeze their entire body though it. And then it's all over. I'm hopin I dan't have any issues and really you get yours solved QUICKLY!! Wishin ya luck. [​IMG]
     

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