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Do Racoons kill chickens and ducks?

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Have seen racoon track around our duck pond which is enclosed in 5 foot chicken wire fence - so obviously no trouble for him to scale it.  Our chickens are locked up each night but those pig headed ducks will not come in - they remain in or at the side of the pond all night.  Would a racoon kill and eat one or are they only scouting for eggs and our garden produce?

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In a word
YES

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post #3 of 50

Oh YES...they will kill your chickens, your ducks, your cat...they are bad varmints.

Don't want it...We'll take it = Land of Lost Toys!
2 Arabians...Solo & Moonshine, 2 inside Cats...Clyde & Emily, 3 Barn Cats...Dewey, Trey, & Stevie, and 1 BR Hen, 1 EE Hen, 1 GB Hen, and 4 Silver Leghorns
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Don't want it...We'll take it = Land of Lost Toys!
2 Arabians...Solo & Moonshine, 2 inside Cats...Clyde & Emily, 3 Barn Cats...Dewey, Trey, & Stevie, and 1 BR Hen, 1 EE Hen, 1 GB Hen, and 4 Silver Leghorns
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post #4 of 50

Yes, and they don't stop with just one bird. They will keep killing them until stopped.

-Cindy

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And they can go right through chicken wire! they have broken welded wire cage trapps. Crazy strong buggers

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post #6 of 50

If a Coon can reach it they will eat it.  If a bird is on the other side of wire that the coon can reach through, the coon will pull the bird through the wire piece by piece.  That is why I cover any windows in the poultry that are close to the roosts with half inch holed wire.

Matt

Foothills Poultry since 2003

 

- Standards: White Rocks and SQ Black Cochins
- Bantams: BCLB/CLB Dutch, Calico Pet Project, and lots of Pets

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Foothills Poultry since 2003

 

- Standards: White Rocks and SQ Black Cochins
- Bantams: BCLB/CLB Dutch, Calico Pet Project, and lots of Pets

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post #7 of 50

Coons will kill your ducks! I'm sorry to say...
Set some traps,,, if out in the country, get someone to hold the spotlight on em' while you put the crosshairs on em' (X-Coon)
We've got to take care of our Quackers and Layers ya know...
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post #8 of 50

Yes.

Had a Coyote raid and killed all my birds. He gets my chickens we get his head.
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Had a Coyote raid and killed all my birds. He gets my chickens we get his head.
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post #9 of 50

sadRaccoons are very bad news for your ducks! We used to have ducks in our backyard when the kids were little. One night, a raccoon (size of a Volkswagen) grabbed one of the girls by the head and we took her to the animal emergency room. That was the last night the ducks slept outside. That duck survived, but there was no way we would take that chance again!

Carolyn, Rod {people}
Bella, Biddy, Lovey, Kiwi, and Poppy {feathered people}
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Carolyn, Rod {people}
Bella, Biddy, Lovey, Kiwi, and Poppy {feathered people}
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post #10 of 50

Is the sky blue?

Loving my mixed flock. 

How I beat feather picking. http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=6586027#p6586027

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Loving my mixed flock. 

How I beat feather picking. http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=6586027#p6586027

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