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Author:  Hendrik [ Jul 15, 2018 6:23 am ]
Post subject:  Something is biting the heads off my chickens.

No signs of anything sneaking under the fence. No feathers anywhere. These are bantam chickens with their heads removed. No mutilation or anything like that. Anyone have an idea what I am dealing with.

Author:  trucker [ Jul 15, 2018 6:34 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Something is biting the heads off my chickens.

Sounds like Raccoons or Perhaps Ozzie Osborn? I'd put money on Raccoons? Depending on location I have seen a weasel near Moore lumber months ago , Not sure of their Habits either. Good luck, I just looked up how do weasels kill chickens? and sounds like your culprit

Author:  Hendrik [ Jul 15, 2018 7:09 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Something is biting the heads off my chickens.

I see no signs of raccoon so I think weasel also. I've had traps out but no luck.

Author:  Jim Sapp [ Jul 15, 2018 7:14 am ]
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Interesting article.

https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/po ... -chickens/

Who knew.

Author:  Charlene [ Jul 15, 2018 7:58 am ]
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This is so sad. Good luck getting them.

Author:  ranne [ Jul 15, 2018 8:32 am ]
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Is the top covered? I had trouble with hawks.

Author:  imatraveler [ Jul 15, 2018 9:21 am ]
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How are your kids hold up?

Author:  aspenleaf [ Jul 15, 2018 9:50 am ]
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Were the heads taken or still laying there?

Author:  Starsky [ Jul 15, 2018 10:17 am ]
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Perhaps some of this information might be helpful:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/forums ... -pests.13/
https://cpw.state.co.us/Documents/Wildl ... ldlife.pdf
https://morningchores.com/chicken-predators/

Author:  Hendrik [ Jul 15, 2018 11:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Something is biting the heads off my chickens.

Thanks for the articles, they are very good. They are sneaky little guys. I never see them. When I put the dead chicken in a live trap they never come back.

Author:  CooknThyme [ Jul 15, 2018 12:24 pm ]
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So sorry for your loss.

Did this happen during the day out in their run or at night in the barn? Just curious. In either case I would suspect a raccoon. But I guess a weasel is a possibility too.

Author:  Victorianhistorian [ Jul 15, 2018 1:23 pm ]
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Our biggest culprits were 1) Foxes and 2)Raccoons, but 3) Coyotes. Came home one day to find 18 headless chickens in our yard and the rest rather spooked to say the least. Saw the 'coons and foxes at work more than once. Foxes swallow the heads whole and go look for another.

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