what's eating my hens? GRAPHIC PICTURE WARNING

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by AmyLM, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. AmyLM

    AmyLM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the past 4 days I have lost 3 hens. All have been inside the house. 2 were overnight but this one was found this evening. All carcasses have been picked clean. No teeth marks and no broken bones. Parts have been separated by connective tissue being eaten away.

    The coop is only accessible by a small door on the front and has chicken wire and aviary netting and a solid roof/walls (converted horse stall). The entire turn out area is fenced with 4 foot high electric mesh netting.

    We have 4 groups of birds (including one in the next stall over) and have not lost birds from any other group.

    Doesn't look like a large predator....but at this point I'm drawing a blank.


    The bellow picture is tonight's bird and this was done quickly (I checked them like 2 to 3 hours prior).





    WARNING GRAPHIC PICTURE BELLOW






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  2. ChicksAre4Kids

    ChicksAre4Kids Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If "inside the house" means in a secured coop, the culprit(s) would seem to be other chickens!
    It happens....

    CK
     
  3. dmanhefner

    dmanhefner Out Of The Brooder

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    No tracks and no teeth marks or broken bones sounfs like raptor. Where is the head?
     
  4. PappyD

    PappyD New Egg

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    Looks like the work of a weasel to me.
     
  5. PappyD

    PappyD New Egg

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    Looks like the work of a weasel to me.
     
  6. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Void where prohibited.
    Looks like the bird swallowed an M-80.[​IMG]
     

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