Chicken Predators: Your Chicken's Worst Nightmare
(Grandy, NC 27939)
You did a great job with the section Chicken Predators: Your Chicken's Worst Nightmare. However I was most interested in How will I know that it was a weasel/Stoat that killed my chicken?
I live in N.E North Carolina. I have a chicken coop and a large 35' X 75' run which is fenced and covered with a net.
A week ago we found my large rooster still in the fence with his head token off only. Either its head was eaten through the fence or killed and dragged to fence to try taking him but couldn't.
Yesterday afternoon we found our large hen outside the fence with her head missing only.
We walked all over the run and only saw a small bit of dirt dug-out like a small animal did this. We filled it back in just to find the next day it was dug-out again. I don't understand if it came in that way how did it get my fairly large hen through it?
I believe there are weasels/stoat in NC but I nor anyone else around here has ever seen one.
It seems like all the predators you listed all would eat the heads but also rip open the body in the chest area...
We had raccoons a mother and babies here last year living in a tree for several months. I was always worried they would kill my chickens. A couple of times during the week I would see her and her babies lying on a branch I would call up to her and tell her she better not touch my chickens!! I caught her in my chicken's area many times over the months but she never touched my chickens!! Haven't seen them in a year...
So what do you think it is..?