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What animal digs up a dead bird to eat ?
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Kane kounty ken    Posted 07-13-2004 at 01:22:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thinking the roadkill racccoon was my chicken problemo, only to find out something is wreaking havoc in the coop tonite. here are the clues:

1. what ever it was it ate 6 eggs and moved them out of the laying box

2. had a chicken in its clutches before i came out barefoot, running and yelling....It let go of the hen luckily.

3 dug up a duckling that I buried 6" deep close to the coop on saturday?

Cat coon or possum, is my guess, any help??

LH    Posted 07-14-2004 at 02:16:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree its more likely a predatory canine, or possum but on occasion when I used to trap I would get skunks, and even on 2 occasions red tailed hawks digging up rotten meat bait. I think badgers might also do the same if you have them in your area

Kane county ken    Posted 07-14-2004 at 07:30:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Checked the tracks from the wet yolks, it is definately a raccoon. thanks for the insight!. it will be about a week before i catch him. while i hate snap traps and conibears, i may have to resort to them cause the have a heart trap just aint big enough for a fat coon....

~Lenore    Posted 07-13-2004 at 07:19:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not a cat, I am pretty sure. I never heard of a cat taking eggs from a chicken box and eating them or catching a grown chicken.

The digging sounds more like a canine (dog, cayote, wolf, etc.) type behavior, and heaven knows they love the smell of rotten stuff.

Like someone said skunks usually leave some scent.
Raccoons or possums possibly.

Donna from Mo    Posted 07-13-2004 at 02:45:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I doubt it was a cat; I've never known a cat to bother full-grown chickens, only baby chicks. My biggest chicken-killing culprits were always oppossums, but racoons will kill chickens too. So will skunks, but they leave their stink in the air to give them away, when they've been there. Don't forget foxes and coyotes! There are lots of possibilities.

SusieQ    Posted 07-13-2004 at 03:06:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't forget mink, fox will do same too. Wild dogs, are culprits also, so many running loose thru the countryside these days.

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