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 Post subject: Re: Chicken death!
PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 1:30 pm 
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Thanks so much everyone for your answers and support!


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 Post subject: Re: Chicken death!
PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 9:27 pm 
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For what it's worth, I will relate a couple of experiences from our place......
Whenever there has been a "drop everything" type of commotion in our coops, there has been a predator of some kind. Luckily, our dog has lately matured to be a reasonable protector of the flock. (he's a pussy really, but proud of myself if he does something great)
So, we have had snakes, eagles/hawks and foxes have a go at our chooks
I doubt a fox or dog would leave just a little bit of blood. ( how much blood was there?, do you know it was from the hen?) if they attack, I think you would see more carnage, especially if they could not get the chook they just killed out of the coop. (meaning, feathers everywhere and stuff in disarray).... I doubt a snake bite would leave a pool of blood. (Though we have seen snakes in the coop, we've never lost any hens to a snake...... Reality is, therefore, my statement is an assumption.)

A hawk would clean lift a hen with it's talons and simply fly away. This has happened with 2 younger birds we had.......
What are we left with? Confrontation, panic or something similar. It is possible your Wyandotte got herself into strife defending herself or the rest of the flock from predators unknown, because she panicked. A face-off with another hen does not seem usual unless the ISA was pushy. If she was pushy, she would probably have become the alpha hen....... For that reason, I wouldn't blame the ISA..... I think you said the wyandotte was alpha hen. I think she might have been bravely protecting the flock. I hope you can give her the sendoff she deserves........ :-(


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:02 pm 
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Hi, it is with great sadness that I have to report another violent death of one of my lovely chickens! I’ll attach photos. There is no sign of where the predator has entered the coup. It appears that the poor little chicken was in her dust bath. What sort of creature bites off the head and neck? I’m just trying to work out how to reduce the file size of the photo so I can upload it.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:18 pm 
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These are the photos I have uploaded of my poor little chicken that I found this morning


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 Post subject: Re: Chicken death!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:06 pm 
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I reckon you may have an escaped ferret hiding out in your neighbourhood...if you lived in Box /Iron bark country I would have said Phascogale but don't think their range extends to down your way... those plucked feathers look a bit like a Goshawk kill though.....


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 Post subject: Re: Chicken death!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:11 pm 
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Why would the head and neck be missing?


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 Post subject: Re: Chicken death!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:48 pm 
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Has the pen got chicken wire over the top or is it open?

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 Post subject: Re: Chicken death!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:52 pm 
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That part of their area is open


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 Post subject: Re: Chicken death!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:54 pm 
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Sorry for your girls. Witnessing that would have been stressful for the others too.

Foxes decapitate. How tall is the fenced area? A fox could climb 1.8 m. If it is a fox, he'll keep coming back. :(


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