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    headless poult

    inside several of our release pens we have been finding poults with their heads and necks bitten off, there is no other part of the body eaten or marked. the pens have double electric fencing around and there are no holes where a fox can enter.
    could anyone make a guess as to what is killing these poults please.
    thanks steve.

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    Tawny Owl probably.

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    Sounds like tawny owl hang some shiny CDs up around pen should stop problem

    ​Kris

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    + 2 tawny owl go to the middle of the pen and do a silent arhhhhhhhhhh.! Makes you feel a little better .
    ​norma

    I buy the small led AA powered light ,they are round with a magnet on the back .fix to post on pen and dangle a cd rom from a short wire and string that hangs in front of the light it lasts a week or so .looks like someone is flicking a torch about I hang em every 100 yards or so around pen .
    Last edited by norma 308; 17-08-2013 at 16:05.

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    thanks for the input fellas, looks like the tawny owl is the culprit then. good job I hung onto my boney m cds , at last they are going to come in usefull.

    steve.

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    pluck the feathers of the back and up to the neck , i have had this many times ,an owl will usualy leave bruising /puncture marks on the back where they drop on them , dont rule out stoat either , are they tucked away or look as if they have been dragged anywhere ? as this is generaly stoat tell tail signs ,hope you soon resolve it ,atb arron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gizzard View Post
    inside several of our release pens we have been finding poults with their heads and necks bitten off, there is no other part of the body eaten or marked. the pens have double electric fencing around and there are no holes where a fox can enter.
    could anyone make a guess as to what is killing these poults please.
    thanks steve.
    Had this problem couple of years ago and bought a massive Eagle owl decoy, placed "Eddy" in a different part of the pen everytime I visited, the problem stopped immediately.

    Good luck with it,

    Regards WB

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    Interesting. I wonder if the eagle owl decoy would frighten the pheasants at all. And I wonder if any other raptors or crows would try and buzz it. I've tried the CD's before with some success and even a scarecrow with a reflective jacket on.

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    The scarecrow moved regularly does work very well as do the CD's.

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    site stealth cam

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