Predation by a modern theropod

I’m pretty sure I put this up before, but if you’ve seen it, just take a pass.

I’m told by a chicken owner that this kind of behavior is not at all uncommon, and that the speed with which this pullet chases down her prey is also typical. But OY!


  1. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    I had not seen it before but I believe it. Chickens are very aggressive carnivores.

  2. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    [— holy name redacted —-]!

  3. BJ
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Based on the title, I was expecting a video of Harvey Weinstein.

    That was pretty awesome, though. I was not expecting that. My thought process as I watched the video: “wait a second, cats aren’t descendants of dinosaurs….OH DAMN!”

    I didn’t know chickens could move that fast.

  4. stuartcoyle
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Both my cats are afraid of our chickens, with good reason.

    • Posted November 14, 2017 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

      When I was a kid a friend down the street had a flock of chickens in the back yard, including a rooster. One day a cat came into the yard, reportedly stalking the chicks, and the rooster attacked it and killed it with his leg spurs. Chickens are are tougher than many people realize. Mini-theropods indeed.

  5. Posted November 14, 2017 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  6. Posted November 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    I could not believe what I saw: first the kitten with the completely scared look and then the chicken comes and makes short work of it – I did not know that chickens would be able to do so.

  7. jhs
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 5:24 pm | Permalink


  8. W.Benson
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Poor mouse didn’t know what hit him.

  9. bundorgarden
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    I have chickens. They are carnivores by choice. Frogs, mice, any kind of insect, earthworms: they will eat them. I have seen them eat frogs eggs from a pond, jump up and snatch the tail feathers from one of my doves (and then eat the feathers) and attack other chickens until they are seriously injured. My chickens, by the way, are free range in a very large area and are supplied continuously with grain, so they are not starving!

  10. Matthew North
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Harkens back to the days of the dominate dinosaurs keeping those pathetic, tiny, piddling little mammals in their place.

  11. busterggi
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    Impressive BUT have you ever seen what a rooster can do with its spurs? Raptors don’t always fly.

  12. lkr
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    And then we have Jack Horner’s dinochicken project. teeth, tail, fingers. Add a bit of size and it’s Jurassic Park.

    Always remember, archosaurs got the cool stuff..

  13. Posted November 14, 2017 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Last time you posted it, somebody came up with the comment that the text of the tweet is refuted by KFC, or something like that.

    • Jonathan Wallace
      Posted November 15, 2017 at 4:07 am | Permalink

      Yes, good point. And away from the world of domesticated birds, we humans are hastening a good many (far too many) birds/dinosaurs towards extinction!

    • David Coxill
      Posted November 15, 2017 at 11:20 am | Permalink

      I will never be able to watch a Foghorn Leghorn cartoon ever again.

  14. legadema37
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Roosters can be dangerous! A relative of mine had a farm when I was a kid & his rooster suddenly started chasing & attacking people with those leg spurs. Chased us kids into the house screaming & attacked neighbors. Dogs stayed away from him, too. He was finally netted & BEHEADED !!

  15. David Coxill
    Posted November 15, 2017 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    What the feck .

  16. Rich
    Posted November 15, 2017 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    I wish our chickens would do that more often. Our place is full of mice. Sigh.

    But, we also have chipmunks and squirrels, which are definitely far too quick for a Chicken. So, maybe they’ve given up.

  17. jahigginbotham
    Posted November 15, 2017 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Dinosaurs rule over mammals?


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