Thank you for your attempts at help in these last few posts, but no thank you. I have to ask you to please stop telling me of different ways I could kill this possum. I have already stated, will state again, and will ALWAYS state that I am not going to kill this poor creature just because he was looking for a meal. I love all my animals and have cried many times over the loss of each one that was perhaps killed by this possum, but I will not become a barbarian and kill for some sick pleasure that killing him will somehow bring back what I've lost. The raccoon I caught a few months ago had killed one of my beloved Silkie hens just a couple days prior to me trapping him. He was very aggressive. I released him into the state park because I could see the scared, hungry raccoon that he really was. I know he was very hungry too, because he ate the entire body of the hen and left absolutely nothing behind. I love my animals and I will do what is necessary to protect them, and if that means killing another animal that was just hungry, so be it. But I will not kill if I don't have to. It is senseless and animalistic to shoot, drown, or whatever method of torture you prefer, an intelligent animal who clearly feels emotions(Fear is an emotion, by the way) while it is defenselessly trapped in a steel cage. It is my fault for not protecting my hens better. I would not blame you if you were starving and, after placing a big, plump cooked chicken in front of you, you ate a bite of that chicken, even though that chicken was mine.
And yes, I am aware that any kind of wildlife that is relocated from a familiar area to an unfamiliar area faces the chances of death. I would rather him have a chance at life instead of guaranteeing his death with a gun. Now, with all this being said, I ask that you please refrain from posting here anymore if you're only here to try and convince me to kill him. I will not be responding to anybody anymore who makes such posts, since I have made my stance on his killing very painfully clear. However, if you are here to actually help this possum and my chickens, like I've been asking from the beginning, you're more than welcome to post here. And, just in case you missed it, I will be restating my stance: I will NOT kill this possum.
Now that that is cleared up, I've been wondering how I might redesign my chicken area. What special precautions do I need to take to deter raccoons or possums from getting inside an enclosed chicken area? Like, do I need a floor or some kind of siding to prevent digging? I'm also a bit hesitant to make an enclosed area because, before I was able to trap the raccoon who had killed a Silkie hen, he had gotten into the other chicken area a few times. I'd often find my chickens running around in a frenzy in the middle of the night. He wasn't able to catch any of them though since they were not in an enclosed area and were able outrun/fly him. But, if I enclose an area and accidentally make a mistake and a possum/raccoon gets in, the chickens will have nowhere to go and it'll be a free-for-all.
Well, yes, but according to Texas law you also must give a written or oral notification of a crime to your victim at least 24 hours before doing the crime. Among many other things, it's also illegal to spit on the side walk here in Texas. There are lots of rules and regulations here, and as a result, most people and police ignore them. It's simply too much of a hassle to fine somebody for small things like releasing wildlife onto another person's property, mostly because of how hard it is to prove. Not to mention most of Texas is rural and literally nobody out in the country cares if you release wildlife, so long as it's not next to their house. The only "real" (as in, police will actually persecute) laws we have concerning ridding yourself of pests is that you can't kill it if it's not on your land. Otherwise, do as you please. Besides all that, I am attempting to contact a local wildlife facility that I took an orphaned deer to a couple years ago, and if they were unable to take him, I have family who owns land and won't mind having just another possum around.
And yes, perhaps my efforts are in vain and he will die anyways. I do not care. I would rather give him a chance to live than put a bullet through his skull simply because he was hungry and looking for a meal.
Originally Posted by The Lazy L
You can either continue to raise chicks, doves and hens for opossum food or:
1. Get a 3 foot live animal trap.
2. Trap the opossum.
3. Put the live animal trap along with the trapped opossum in a 4 foot barrel full of water.
Wow, that is the most sadistic way of killing an animal that I've heard of in a while. Congrats?