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Originally Posted by ronott1 View Post
 

Did it look like:

 

Bridled weasel.jpg

Possibly.  I Like I said the sucker is so **** fast, you can't even focus on it.  Hopefully it's in my trap this morning.

 

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Sounds exactly like what the fisher did when it attacked and killed my 17 hens, all in one afternoon.  It sprung all my traps the next day then thankfully seems to have left the area and never returned

I lost 15 the first day, 1 a day later from her injuries in September.  And now it's back.  3 in one day, 2 the next and now my last barnevelder male.  It's small, like chihuahua small.

Was breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders. Not anymore thanks to a bobcat.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Was breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders. Not anymore thanks to a bobcat.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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post #24862 of 25215
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Originally Posted by Happy Chooks View Post
 

Possibly.  I Like I said the sucker is so **** fast, you can't even focus on it.  Hopefully it's in my trap this morning.

 

I lost 15 the first day, 1 a day later from her injuries in September.  And now it's back.  3 in one day, 2 the next and now my last barnevelder male.  It's small, like chihuahua small.

That is a long tailed weasel. They range down to mexico in California. Normally they go after wild things including rabbits. They kill exactly like you described but normally the "overkill" is in the Spring and Summer when they have a litter.

 

You can likely chalk this up as a lack of normal prey for the whatever it is. Small game, field mice and etc. have been decimated over the last 5 years because of the drought--which includes something in the hundreds of millions of trees. 

 

Hopefully the drought is over now and things will get back to normal.


Edited by ronott1 - 12/14/16 at 7:00am
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Bummer, didn't catch it yet. :(

Was breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders. Not anymore thanks to a bobcat.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Was breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders. Not anymore thanks to a bobcat.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Bummer, didn't catch it yet. :(

Did it look like the bait(sorry about your boy) was disturbed? Those things can go through very little openings.

 

You would need the xtra small havahart trap: Walmart link to trap

 

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Almost got the darn thing.  A huge hole was dug around the end of the trap where the body is last night and the trap was triggered.  We are 27* out this morning, so the body is keeping well.  I reset the trap, and I'm going to wrap the end of the trap with the body today to force it through the other end.  :fl

Was breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders. Not anymore thanks to a bobcat.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Was breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders. Not anymore thanks to a bobcat.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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post #24866 of 25215

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, one elderly cat,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 


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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, one elderly cat,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 


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http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/michigan-chickenstock-event-page
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post #24867 of 25215
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Originally Posted by Happy Chooks View Post
 

Almost got the darn thing.  A huge hole was dug around the end of the trap where the body is last night and the trap was triggered.  We are 27* out this morning, so the body is keeping well.  I reset the trap, and I'm going to wrap the end of the trap with the body today to force it through the other end.  :fl

Wish you would have gotten it, hopefully this time! 

 

Incubating w/Friends Thread  & Hatching NOTES section click HERE  

 

 

Poultry: Icelandic Chicken Flock, Some OE and BCM, and guineas. Oh, Seramas, too.

Dogs: 3 Icelandic Sheepdogs and a Schipperkee

Goats: A small, fun herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats

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Incubating w/Friends Thread  & Hatching NOTES section click HERE  

 

 

Poultry: Icelandic Chicken Flock, Some OE and BCM, and guineas. Oh, Seramas, too.

Dogs: 3 Icelandic Sheepdogs and a Schipperkee

Goats: A small, fun herd of Nigerian Dwarf Goats

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post #24868 of 25215
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Originally Posted by Happy Chooks View Post
 

Almost got the darn thing.  A huge hole was dug around the end of the trap where the body is last night and the trap was triggered.  We are 27* out this morning, so the body is keeping well.  I reset the trap, and I'm going to wrap the end of the trap with the body today to force it through the other end.  :fl


Stick the trap in a garbage can or similar container with only the open end showing.  It also helps keep the critter from jumping on the top of the trap and springing it.  Good luck.

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 4+ acres, 24 chickens of assorted breeds, 2 old dogs, 1 cat, a big veggie garden and 2 old people.  "The Old Chickens Home" should be the name of my farm, for more than one reason! 
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post #24869 of 25215
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Stick the trap in a garbage can or similar container with only the open end showing.  It also helps keep the critter from jumping on the top of the trap and springing it.  Good luck.

Great idea, but the trap wouldn't fit.  So I wrapped it with a tarp.

 

Wish me luck!:fl

Was breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders. Not anymore thanks to a bobcat.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



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Was breeding Welsummers and Barnevelders. Not anymore thanks to a bobcat.

 

Having an Icelandic in the coop is like having a 2 year old in the house - they are into everything and don't follow the rules.



Join us for the 8th Annual Easter Hatchalong!
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post #24870 of 25215
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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, one elderly cat,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 


Chickenstock 2017
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/michigan-chickenstock-event-page
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1160475/michigan-chicken-stock-2017#post_18242644
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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, one elderly cat,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 


Chickenstock 2017
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/michigan-chickenstock-event-page
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1160475/michigan-chicken-stock-2017#post_18242644
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