Will you help me identify this predator? VERY graphic images

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by oliviad51, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. oliviad51

    oliviad51 Songster

    Jul 23, 2009
    North Carolina
    Im not sure what in the heck got her but I found her headless with feathers everywhere. I couldn't find the head anywhere. It looked like whatever got her ate the inside of the body but didn't harm the outside. Im not sure what time of the day it was. My chickens free range so I didn't notice her but I was at church this morning and I wasn't with them much today. We live pretty much in the woods so it could have been anything.
    I have set a baited raccoon/opossum trap near where her body was.

    Here are pics...WARNING--GRAPHIC!



    Thanks for helping!

  2. Chickenlover7711

    Chickenlover7711 In the Brooder

    Aug 12, 2010
    It's problably a raccoon if the heads Are gone. Sorry about your chickens.
  3. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    Sounds like a weasel.
  4. jennh

    jennh Songster

    Jun 21, 2007
    A possum did that to two of my chicks this summer [​IMG] [​IMG] I know it was a possum 'cause I caught it in the act.

  5. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Songster

    Jul 1, 2009
    new Hampshire
    Racoon!!! [​IMG]

  6. coachwife2004

    coachwife2004 In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2008
    Skunks always eat the heads and leave the bodies! Yucky sorry about you chickens
  7. Well I am usually one to say racoons. This time I say possum. Another thing to add is weasels drink blood so I do.t thin weasel because the insides were eaten. Guess I didn't look well enough at the picture because a possum will usually eat the feet too. I have personally seen racoons go for the heads so I honestly say could be either one of them. Use that chicken for bait in that trap and you will catch whatever it was. Looked again and now I say racoon.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2010
  8. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I just found one of birds in the process of being eaten by a hawk. He ate the head and chest just like that [​IMG] The hawk flew off and I grabbed my baby, and that is what he/she looked like!
  9. SassyKat6181

    SassyKat6181 Songster

    Aug 30, 2010
    Western Mass
    There was a feral cat that did that same thing to our bantam rooster.

  10. MMPoultryFarms

    MMPoultryFarms Songster

    Jun 21, 2010
    Okarche Oklahoma

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