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post #1 of 12 Old 05-25-2014, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Chicken Killed - What did it?

We found one of our 3 month old pullets dead this morning.
Her head was off, and whatever did it at the organs but not the meat.

It only killed the one.
None of the other pullets, hens, or ducks were harmed.
They are free-range in a fenced area with 2 goats, 1 pot belly pig, and our Great Pyrenees.
This was the first time anything ever slipped past her, so I'm thinking that whatever did it was small-ish and very stealthy.

We have access to a live trap.

What kills chickens like this so we know what to watch for and what to bait the trap with?
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Sounds like a raccoon, they're notorious for taking heads off.
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post #3 of 12 Old 05-25-2014, 05:38 PM
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Most likely a coon.
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Couldve been a opossums or a ritual of some sort. I know its not a cow but where like 5 miles down the road from where we used to live some "devil worshipers" Killed a calf, took all the blood and organs and left everything else. The cops were on the search for like weeks for who did it..

Or couldve been a coon. Also Opossums usually eat everything from the butt of a chicken.
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Likely a raccoon. The only really reliable way to keep them safe at night is to put up predator fencing (super expensive) or to put them in super animal proofed coops at night. These things are sneaky.
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hawk ?? owl ??
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Do you have weasels?
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Raccoon seems most likely.
I'm not sure if there are weasels around here or not, and I would have expected a bird of prey to have carried it off, rather than sit and eat.

What's good for trapping raccoons?
When they're being a pest, does it matter if there's any kind of hunting season?
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I'm not sure about hunting season, but I'm pretty sure coon hounds are still around and make good hunters for coons specifically.

Ever read Where the Red Fern Grows?

Either way, in the mean time, have you tried upping your security so they can't get in? They're really clever animals when they want something, like a chicken head, for instance. I never knew why they wanted the heads, but I'm assuming it's for the protein of the brain.
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post #10 of 12 Old 05-26-2014, 03:36 PM
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weasel. We had several hens killed in the same way, and we finally saw the slippery little monster one day. We plugged all the holes in the coop, snuck up and shut the door just after dark. One night we caught him.
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