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Proactive weasel trapping?

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About to put our first ducks and chicks in their run in a few weeks. Hardware cloth first 3 feet up, which I'll be adding to, but in the meantime would it be a good idea to put some traps out now to catch weasels before the birds go out? I haven't seen any specifically, but we are very rural.

Not sure if this would just attract more things to the area....

Thanks.
post #2 of 4
You can, some do. I have not yet, and have never had a problem (also very rural)
What was recommended to me was to nail snap traps baited with meat on the side of the coop. If you had a lot of weasles or a predator problem it would be smart. But for the most part a good solid defense is the best offense you can get.
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Make your coop and run as secure as possible, and don't bother to trap ahead of time.  Don't feed outside of your coop and safe run, and lock your birds safely every night.  That will eliminate 90% to 95% of your predator problems, unless your own dog is also a problem.  Mary

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Thank you both very much for the advice.

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