What's killing my hens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BonnieLassie76, Apr 2, 2017.

  1. BonnieLassie76

    BonnieLassie76 New Egg

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    I live in N Central Fl and for past couple days something has killed a single hen each attack. All parts of body intact except the body cavity and entrails are eaten. It only kills one and eats on site. Kills sometime between 3am and dawn. This last time it dug under the coop. It doesn't try to drag it off either.This is our first experience with a predator in the last 2 yrs of having chickens.
     
  2. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some type of wildcat? Bobcat? Lynx?

    If you could put up a trail camera pointed at the entry point, you could know for sure.
     
  3. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Opossum or a raccoon.
     
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Instead of "What's killing my chickens?" you might want to ask yourself, "How is this thing getting into my coop and how can I prevent it from happening again?" Because whatever it is will keep coming back until it wipes out your flock.
     
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  5. birdmanmax

    birdmanmax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with PD-Riverman definitely a opussum from what you've described but they usually won't dig very much, there not very out going.
     

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