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Anyone know what this little chicken killer is????
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the trap is a small rat size trap. for a size reference that is a sardine can in with her.

this little critter killed 14 of my birds on Sunday morning. 5 baby ducks, 2 polish babies , 6 Silkie hens and 1 rooster and critically injured another, who i am happy to report is healing very well.

This one will never kill again.... wink

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post #2 of 19

I'm not an expert, but I'd say mink.
I visited a mink farm years ago and I remember them looking like that. You should skin it and WEAR it. If I catch the thing getting my chicks, I'm taking its skin.

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post #3 of 19

the mink I have trapped their noses are not as pointy as what is shown in the last piccy they weigh 3-5 pounds too I doubt they could fit in a hava heart that small google mink then click on the  images tab

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post #4 of 19
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Tam'ra of Rainbow Vortex :

I'm not an expert, but I'd say mink.
I visited a mink farm years ago and I remember them looking like that. You should skin it and WEAR it. If I catch the thing getting my chicks, I'm taking its skin.


i buried the tick infested, stinkin little sonofa.......

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post #5 of 19

What did you bait the trap with? I'm having no luck catching mine, its killed a duckling and a silkie and injured two other ducklings, I used a leg trap when I caught the last one a few years ago but its gotten rusty.

You'd think it would eat the rats, but nope.

Mink and weasels have a different amount of toes, I can't seem to find the referrence online now tho.

Too bad you buried it, I was curious what the bite radius was, since I thought the injuries on the ducks were rather large for it to be a mink.

post #6 of 19

Should of baited your trap with it.

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post #7 of 19

It's a mink. Minks are larger than weasels and weasels have white bellies. Wild males average 2.2 lbs, farm raised can get to 7 lbs.

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post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by 7L Farm 

Should of baited your trap with it.


Me? I did actually, once with the duckling, once with the silkie. Nada. I think mine perfers live bait. sad

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Originally Posted by Sachasmom 

What did you bait the trap with? I'm having no luck catching mine, its killed a duckling and a silkie and injured two other ducklings, I used a leg trap when I caught the last one a few years ago but its gotten rusty.

You'd think it would eat the rats, but nope.

Mink and weasels have a different amount of toes, I can't seem to find the referrence online now tho.

Too bad you buried it, I was curious what the bite radius was, since I thought the injuries on the ducks were rather large for it to be a mink.


i put a can of sardines in the trap, i actually split the can with 2 traps.
I had to bury it, that thing stunk somethin awful sickbyc

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post #10 of 19

Wonder if they like sardines in tomato sauce? I have an open stinky one in the fridge! sickbyc

I think I am having problems because the darn ducklings just make so much "come eat me" noise... Those Runners freak at everything!

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