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So long story short I live way out in the country with (now) 5 dogs. Our great pyrenees/akbash mix is just an amazing dog. He's a pain in my butt but he's amazing. We have poultry. Lots of poultry. One night my husband went out to care for them and found a beheaded guinea lying in the pen. We weren't sure what had killed it but we suspected it was a raccoon. We also came to the conclusion that the coon must be rabid because the guinea was killed during the day.
So the next day my husband goes out and finds 3 guineas (whom had gone missing after the attack) trying to get back into the pen. He lets me know and after I put our son to bed I go out to do a head count as my husband has no idea how many birds we have. I took our great pyr with me for protection.
The minute I stepped out the door I could hear a lone peacock crying. My heart froze in my chest. I called the pyr over and grabbed his collar for security. When we went into the barn there were bodies everywhere. I was terrified. We weren't sure what was killing them (there have been cougars and coyotes killing things nearby) and I had no idea if it was still there. At this point I'm practically choking the poor dog I've got such a tight grip on him.
It's then I see an owl fly up and into the rafters where it gives me the evil eye before flying out. I turned around and booked it out of the barn with the pyr. Ran into the house and recruited my husband to come survey the carnage with me. Even though I now know it's an owl I was still in a fright. I put the pyr in the room with our son so I'd feel better about leaving him inside while we were out in the barn.
I've been taking Jiki out with me to survey the birds ever since. He just makes me feel better. I feel safer with him around. I can rely on him. Plus he doesn't have a taste for chicken flesh like our other dogs so I can trust him to go into the coop with me. Just loving my dog!!!
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Look how awesome he is with babies too!
 

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Got fox out there?, they are scavengers of a sort. I know they will kill a feral cat if they run across them. The hens would be a treat.
I have neighbors that have them, and they disappear, not really, feathers around. And we have a couple of coyotes here, you are probably right, they are nailing them.

Glad you have a big' en to take with you.
I had my big boy Harley with me, when the coyote showed up. So glad he was with me, those things are nasty.
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We do have fox but I did catch this guy in the act. Dec/Jan is breeding season and they're now nesting on our property.
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Got fox out there?, they are scavengers of a sort. I know they will kill a feral cat if they run across them. The hens would be a treat.
I have neighbors that have them, and they disappear, not really, feathers around. And we have a couple of coyotes here, you are probably right, they are nailing them.

Glad you have a big' en to take with you.
I had my big boy Harley with me, when the coyote showed up. So glad he was with me, those things are nasty.
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Is that a barn owl, or a great horned owl? They are great for keeping mice and rats at bay, but I would think the hens would be too big.
Every year they come back? Did you have any problems before?
Are there any other kind of animal that kills for the heck of it?
Boy, I am curious to know the answer.
Keep me up to date.
Very interested in the outcome.
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Great horned owl. 2 of them. That's the male I believe.

Basically it was ripping heads off. I don't know what you know about them but we initially thought raccoon as they are known to do that. But after I caught this owl in the act we did research and apparently it's quite common for them to rip the heads off and eat them first. That's why we had headless bodies. bleg! They usually only kill 1 animal a day according to our research but because it's breeding season they're killing a lot. We lost 4 guineas and 4 laying hens in 2 days.

It is the biggest bird I've ever seen. I'd say it's easily 4x as big as our chickens. We have peacocks which are pretty big (but not full grown yet) and he's much bigger than they are as well. Peacocks simply have more survival instinct and had the sense to hide. The chickens were roosting for the night and appear to not have moved at all while he was beheading them. We found all the bodies lying right under the roost. The internet says that's normal for chickens. Apparently they are dumb as.......

This is our first year having chickens. We've seen these owls around before but they've never had such easy prey around before. Chickens really are like going out for fast food. Easy and cheap.

Owls keep their territory for about 8 years so this pair is going to return every year for who knows how many more.

As for other animals that kill for the heck of it. Well we have one:
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When we first got chickens our St Bernard jumped out the window and killed 27 of them just for the fun of it. We certainly learned an excellent lesson from that!

Otherwise raccoons would kill like that. We have skunks around but they don't usually behead, they debowl. We also have coyotes and a moutain lion but the MO was off for both of them. Oh foxes too but again, MO was off.

Is that a barn owl, or a great horned owl? They are great for keeping mice and rats at bay, but I would think the hens would be too big.
Every year they come back? Did you have any problems before?
Are there any other kind of animal that kills for the heck of it?
Boy, I am curious to know the answer.
Keep me up to date.
Very interested in the outcome.
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yeah, I had a St Bernard growing up and he went through the window glass and all to get over to a farm that had a ram. The ram won!!!!
He's never jumped out a closed window thank God. I'd probably kill him. lol He just jumps through screens. This was during the summer and he just jumped through the screen. We now have baby gates we put in front of our open windows to prevent jumping. /sigh
 

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My other St Bernard made friends with a burglar who had to go through his kennel, take the garage door off the hinges and enter the house....Sugar Bear - our Saint - told us all about it - Sugar Bear was in his kennel at the time, sigh.
 

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Ahahahahahaha. I can just bet. Ours is a pretty loving boy and an even bigger wimp. lol

Our great pyr however, we've come home to find the door open and the pyr in a state of hysterica. Nothing missing. I'm guessing they saw the 3 dogs outside and figured no idiot would have more than that and they certainly wouldn't be lose in the house. :p
My other St Bernard made friends with a burglar who had to go through his kennel, take the garage door off the hinges and enter the house....Sugar Bear - our Saint - told us all about it - Sugar Bear was in his kennel at the time, sigh.
 
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