Originally Posted by Sunny_Side_Up
The only other option is to build your coops 100% raccoon-proof and never forget to close the door at nightfall.
Edited by cafarmgirl - 10/28/10 at 7:52pm
That is exactly what I do therefore I never have to deal with a trapped critter. I have lived rural for many years and kept chickens and lots of other critters. I have never trapped nor will I, I don't need to. We have lots of coons, skunks, possum, fox, coyote etc. My coop is secure and the chickens are locked up every night without fail. There are also a few strands of strategically placed hot wire as added discouragement. All food is securely stored away. It's really not that hard to do.
The idea of trapping until the critters "learn to stay away" is not logical. After all the dead critter can't exactly run back to it's homies and tell them your place is bad news! You can trap until the day you die, there will always be another predator, over and over and you will continue to loose birds you spent a lot of time and money raising. I just don't see the point of spending all that time and effort when a good coop built once will solve the problem.
I know these critters pass thru my place on occasion, I see their tracks, dog got skunked a while back. But there's never a meal here so they keep going and I really couldn't care less if they pass by in the night.
Xtina, I agree with you 100% about properly dispatching a trapped animal when you do have one. When it has to be done it should be done as quickly and humanely as possible and I personally don't think that includes drowning. I've seen that and I think it's far from quick or humane.