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post #1 of 17
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We have a pair of neighborhood raccoons that i would swear have converted to strict vegetarianism.  They show no interest whatsoever in my chickens.  They are only interested in the avocados from the tree that stands perilously close to my coop (in a neighbor's yard)

I even let my chickens free range (under a watchful eye) while the raccoons are in the tree and they could care less.

Has anyone seen this before?

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post #2 of 17

No, but you are very lucky!  I wonder what is going to happen when the Avocados are all harvested?

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post #3 of 17

Avocados are easier to catch than chickens.

You might not be able to keep a bird from landing on your head but you can keep it from building a nest.

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post #4 of 17
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keeping my fingers crossed!

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post #5 of 17

Raccoons are omnivores just like we are.  Right now they are enjoying their fruit course of high in fat avacadoes.

But sooner or later they're going to want to move on to the entree...

.....Alan.

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post #6 of 17

The avacodos don't try to run away.  I will bet you a Big Gulp that when the fruit is gone chicken will be on the menu.  If I were you I would get rid of them .

post #7 of 17

I would not get rid of the raccoons.  More will just move into their territory if you do and you will be worse off than you are now. Personally, I would just make sure they have something available to eat besides my chickens.  Like put out a pan of dog kibble or kitchen scraps or something when the avocados are gone.  That,  and make your chicken coop/run unattractive to them.

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post #8 of 17

dude, DO NOT feed the raccoons. When the avocados run out, make sure your coop is SECURE because that will be the next thing on the menu. Hopefully they'll move on looking for another food source.

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Originally Posted by cassie 

I would not get rid of the raccoons.  More will just move into their territory if you do and you will be worse off than you are now. Personally, I would just make sure they have something available to eat besides my chickens.  Like put out a pan of dog kibble or kitchen scraps or something when the avocados are gone.  That,  and make your chicken coop/run unattractive to them.


Sorry bad idea, these raccoons will breed and you will have a whole herd of racoons.  Trust us, they will go after your chickens and make short work of them.

post #10 of 17

Do  not  feed the Raccoons ........... eliminate  them   they probably have babies  somewhere  right now and  when the babies  are  6-7 weeks old  they will accompany Mom and  Dad  to  the Avocado Tree,   and  guess what else?   

So  maybe Mom and Dad  aren't  that interested in Chicken  but  Junior  may have a sweet tooth for  Chicken  and  guess where he can find it....right next to Mom and  Dads  favorite  tree.
Unless you protect your chickens  and  Coon proof their home  I think this will end badly.

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