I have five ducks that free range all day. Yesterday one of my pekin ducks was carrying its tail low to the ground. Today when I let them out, there was blood. The others were nibbling at it a bit. When i inspected it, several feathers were bit off and there was a row of tiny puncture wounds. It looked clean as the duck had washed off the blood earlier. I applied some tree pruning sealer. I have a pond and have seen muskrats swimming in it. I also have damage to the banks from them. From my searching on here I believe I may have a mink. I can't use deadly traps because of kid,dog,ducks,chickens. I do have a live trap. What should I bait it with and how should I locate it. Thanks for reading.
Trapping a mink?
use, tuna fish, raw chicken, cat food, use 1 for a week and change it up, whatever you have laying around....... i've caught possum, coons, weasels/minks using this stuff...even caught a coon last week and i had no bait in my trap(the birds stole my marshmellows 3 days before)..your better off being pre emptive.... keep your trap set 24/7.....
Depends, could be caught in a hav a heart trap but never tried. they are crafty critters. I would personally set a body hold trap but thats assuming your pets, kids and chickens didnt have access to the area (someone could loose a finger or toe) or another good choice would be a old fashioned spring snare. again keep others away.
I have heard good results from buring a cone shaped fish trap but that would require digging a hole in your yard.