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gessieviolet
Saluda, SC
(Zone 8a)

October 27, 2012
8:13 AM

Post #9316881

One of my hens got out of the enclosure last night. This morning I found her dead. Something had eaten her crop (nothing else seemed even touched.)

My enclosure is inside a chain linked fence.

What animal kills in this manner?
porkpal
Richmond, TX

October 27, 2012
11:12 AM

Post #9317038

Raccoons and sometimes skunks often eat only the head/neck area... Do you think the hen got out or was she taken out by the predator? Does your chain link fence have a floor and a top?
gessieviolet
Saluda, SC
(Zone 8a)

October 27, 2012
11:47 AM

Post #9317086

The chain link fence encloses the back area of my property. The chickens are kept in an enclosure within this area.

She got out and I did not put her back into her pen.

My pens are, in no sense, predator proof but this is the first incident I have had in about 3 years.

There is a possum on the property.


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porkpal
Richmond, TX

October 27, 2012
3:50 PM

Post #9317235

My bet would be on a raccoon; they live almost everywhere and do that sort of damage.

jordankittyjo

jordankittyjo
Bessemer, AL
(Zone 8b)

October 28, 2012
10:17 AM

Post #9317938

i say racoon, one took my pair of silkies and ripped them open, then left them there
porkpal
Richmond, TX

October 28, 2012
11:47 AM

Post #9318041

Batten down the hatches; if it is a raccoon, it will be back.
zoneimpaired
Toronto, ON
(Zone 6b)

October 28, 2012
9:00 PM

Post #9318575

I remember my father telling me that a weasel will go for the throat and consume the blood... I know that this sounds like something from Grimms Fairy tales but there is often something to "wive's tales" or in this case "father's tales's"
Robb
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 29, 2012
6:47 AM

Post #9318799

I think I would advise setting traps and remove as you see fit. Whatever it is has had success and will be back. I'm sorry for your loss. I try not to get attached to my hens, but can't seem to help myself.

jordankittyjo

jordankittyjo
Bessemer, AL
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2012
11:04 AM

Post #9320248

sorry it took so long, but anyway here are my cochins

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porkpal
Richmond, TX

October 30, 2012
11:25 AM

Post #9320278

The hens look sweet and that's a gorgeous rooster - from the rear, at least!

jordankittyjo

jordankittyjo
Bessemer, AL
(Zone 8b)

October 30, 2012
2:10 PM

Post #9320392

thanks, he is pretty, but shy
Light_for_Jesus

(Zone 6b)

October 30, 2012
8:24 PM

Post #9320697

I like the light colored one best. What pretty colors and markings.
catmad
Pelzer, SC
(Zone 7b)

October 31, 2012
6:46 AM

Post #9320963

Are the roosters and the hens the center picture pairs? What is the color, and how did you get it? I have some mixes that I'm trying to figure out, and one is a similar color to the buffish hens with the blue skirts.

jordankittyjo

jordankittyjo
Bessemer, AL
(Zone 8b)

October 31, 2012
9:11 AM

Post #9321093

cat, a lady gave these to me, so i don't know how she did it. sorry

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