Who Done It ??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by tarajane, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. tarajane

    tarajane Chirping

    Feb 8, 2015
    Are there any OCD list makers out there that would like to make a list of predators and how you found the poor fowl ? Like, head off, nothing gone....what was that? chicken gone but No feathers left....what was that, etc. etc. I want a list so I can go to it when I get my farm and know what I am up against. Thank you..[​IMG]

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
  3. Coralietg

    Coralietg Songster

    Apr 10, 2010
    Opelousas, LA
    I think a little refining is needed too.

    My experience is limited, but 4 known for sure.

    Dogs- mass death, little visible body damage, little blood on beak.

    Feral cat- missing juvenile chicks.

    Hawk- head/brains eaten, chest feathers plucked and muscle eaten, solitary puff of feathers around body.

    Rat snake- dead young chicks that looked pretty uninjured other than dead/, "wet" looking in hindsight. Discovered the snake the next night in the brooder, had ingested one chick and couldn't get back out.

    My other case was unsolved. I stupidly forgot to shut the coop door. All 7 chickens were killed. 2 or 3 bodies were found headless, the rest were missing. There were areas with plucked feather bursts, some as far as 500ft away.

    It's like Predator CSI sometimes.
  4. tarajane

    tarajane Chirping

    Feb 8, 2015
    Thanks a bunch, I will start making my list....[​IMG]

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