Dead Chicken, but how?

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  1. Glenn Hawley

    Glenn Hawley New Member

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    I started raising chickens this year and lost my first chicken. Not a big deal, but I'm not sure what killed it. I now have 14 young chicken (2 months old). Walking up to the coop I noticed about 6 small dig holes that were only about 1-2 inches deep. I found the chick inside the locked up coop. There was a gash on the chest area and feathers missing around the neck. The neck and head were wet, but nothing was eaten. See attached pictures. 20200521_072359.jpg 20200521_072359.jpg 20200521_072404.jpg 20200521_071052.jpg 20200521_072333.jpg 20200521_071035.jpg
     
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    I don't think the holes have any relation to the predator.
    It could be a snake tried to swallow it an realized it was too big.

    The holes look more like something a squirrel would do.
     
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    I'm sorry about your chicken, I have no idea on what might have killed it. But around here, holes in the ground like that would be gophers (more deadly to your garden than your chickens).
     
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    Happened to talk to my chicken lady friend today and brought up your chicken. She said wet head but not decapitated is probably a failed attempt at eating the chicken by a snake (chicken suffocates before snake gives up, wet head from snake digestive juices).
     
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    holy cow you have snakes big enough to eat a chicken!!?? omg

    Sorry to hear about this, hope you can seal up the coop to keep it out.
     
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    This one wasn't big enough to eat that chicken. ;)
    I've seen Black Rat Snakes swallow large pigeons though.

    They don't know they can't swallow the chicken until they try:

    https://www.muranochickenfarm.com/2018/09/keep-snakes-out-of-chicken-coop.html
     
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    aart HOW do they DO that?

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    Exactly...lol!

    Plus 2mo birds are pretty small.
     
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    That was my thought, but I can't account for the gash, would a snake really do that?
     
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    The gash could have been where the snake originally grabbed the bird before constriction.
     
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    I don't know about the chicken, but the holes look like a weasel or a skunk looking for mice or a mole.
     
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    The gash didn't look that fresh to me. They could have happened at two separate incidences. Or maybe it struggled and hit an object while the snake was hunting.