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Long, long story short, I found three birds this morning. One was only scattered feathers and a small section of vertebrae. Two were decapitated.
What do you think I'm setting traps for? What, in Virginia, would slip a gap in a chain link fence (we have a 3' bird netting extension on the upper fence) and be big enough to devour a 4-5lb bird and would rip off heads for fun? Would a weasel be able to get out of a larger sized cage?
I've been looking up local laws regarding trapping fox, racoon, possum and the like in town limits. Our options are limited to a trap and a barrel of water. It stinks, but I'd prefer it to a massacre of the other thirteen girls.
Thanks.
post #2 of 6

I'm betting it was a raccoon. They are known to tear chickens to pieces, and can fit through seemingly impossibly small gaps. If you can fit a few fingers through a gap, a raccoon will be able to get their whole arm in.

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I read once that a raccoon can eat a huge amount of food each night so I agree, raccoon.

Just because you caught it in a trap, doesn't make it the killer of your chickens.

 

Poo chart:  https://uconnladybug.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/scatlayout_bottom-worthadam.jpg

Foxes climb:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6YQdi5gbFg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt8FG9Fblis

Possums eat ticks  http://www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/opossums-killers-ticks

A Chicken's Life:  https:/...

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Just because you caught it in a trap, doesn't make it the killer of your chickens.

 

Poo chart:  https://uconnladybug.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/scatlayout_bottom-worthadam.jpg

Foxes climb:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6YQdi5gbFg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt8FG9Fblis

Possums eat ticks  http://www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/opossums-killers-ticks

A Chicken's Life:  https:/...

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post #4 of 6

What part of VA are you in?

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Originally Posted by Kay Crowe View Post

Long, long story short, I found three birds this morning. One was only scattered feathers and a small section of vertebrae. Two were decapitated.
What do you think I'm setting traps for? What, in Virginia, would slip a gap in a chain link fence (we have a 3' bird netting extension on the upper fence) and be big enough to devour a 4-5lb bird and would rip off heads for fun? Would a weasel be able to get out of a larger sized cage?
I've been looking up local laws regarding trapping fox, racoon, possum and the like in town limits. Our options are limited to a trap and a barrel of water. It stinks, but I'd prefer it to a massacre of the other thirteen girls.
Thanks.


   I don't think a weasel would eat that much,  My money is on a raccoon.

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That's what I was thinking too. I've seen evidence of racoons in the yard before, handprints in the water dish and on one of my maple sap collection jugs last winter. I only asked about weasels because a friend of mine a few miles from here is having trouble with them and suggested it.
The hunt is on.

Long live the memory of Dumpling, my brave, intelligent, crowing rooster-hen. (Pictured left, kicking the crap out of my dog)
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