Rooster Got Strangled/Neck Broke

Discussion in 'Parasites, Pests, & Predators' started by Keith, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. Keith

    Keith New Member

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    I woke up this morning and my only rooster was dead. I can only speculate but I think a raccoon reached in, grabbed his neck and broke it or strangled him. He was against the wire and his neck was bent. I even double wrapped the coop in chicken wire to avoid them reaching in. I guess I have to set more traps tonight, sad, he was 5 months old and just a beautiful bird. Wish I had a photo.
     
  2. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    Sorry to hear that ... I would vote coon or weasel. Which ever good luck with getting the critter.
     

  3. rob

    rob New Member

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    sorry to hear that keith.
     
  4. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    That's awful! =(
     
  5. Bird_slave

    Bird_slave Junior Member

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    I'm sorry Keith, how sad. That right there is reason #1 why I won't use chicken wire; I use hardware cloth. Too dang many coons around here.
     
  6. fuzziebutt

    fuzziebutt Flocker

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    Awwwww.... poor baby. Set traps!!
     
  7. patlet

    patlet New Member

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    Weasels grab with their teeth only. If the poor bird's neck wasn't torn, then it was probably a raccoon. If its any consolation, your rooster was killed while jumping at the fence to protect his flock. He was a hero. And since the raccoon was unsuccessful and there is no other easy food, it may have moved on. Sorry for your loss.
     
  8. rob

    rob New Member

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    racoons seem very nasty critters ! so glad we havent got them over here.
     
  9. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    We do too. The smallest size gauge for fencing and locked up like Fort Knox for bedtime. Poor fella. :(
     
  10. EmmaJB

    EmmaJB New Member

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    Snap, my entire run is 1/2" by 1" galvanised weld mesh dug and curled into the ground, the roof is corrugated plastic (sparrow hawks are buggers, but protected :/ ), so fingers crossed my babies are safe from diggers, flyers and climbers.

    And I too am glad we don't have raccoons here, I've read so many horror stories.

    Sorry for your loss.

    X
     
  11. ThreeJ

    ThreeJ New Member

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    Thats to bad Keith, I had a hen disappear recently. I suppect raccoons too, they like to grab and go.