What would remove only the head?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Bec, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. Cara

    Cara Songster

    Aug 30, 2007
    If it was free ranging i'd bet it was an owl. A raccoon will usually pull the head off trying to reach through and grab the chicken. Usually if they have access to the whole bird they will eat the breast and crop. I don't know why owls do it.
  2. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    It was very odd. I found one of my bantam roosters years ago in the middle of the yard, but his whole breast was open and eaten...that was mid-day!
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Oh Bec, no! I agree with bird of prey, probably an owl that couldn't carry the whole thing off. I am so sorry. [​IMG]

    Was it at night or during the day?
  4. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

  5. clhbubba

    clhbubba Songster

    Nov 9, 2008
    Central Oklahoma
    We had a possum do that here to a duck and two chickens before we could trap it.

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