A mink killed a third of our flock.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by howlingwoodsfarm, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. howlingwoodsfarm

    howlingwoodsfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well yesterday was horrible. I awoke and let my 4 big dogs out, and hearing my voice one of my chicken who had gotten out of the coop flew into the yard to come see her mommy and my dogs attacked. LUCKILY I fought off my beloved dogs, ranging 40lbs-90lbs and somehow got her inside the house, she lost some feathers but is ok. I did not understand how she got out but I took her out to the coop and then I found the scene. First I saw a half dead duck right in the doorway all bloody around her neck. then I scanned around and there were bodies all around. I had to pause to figure out what it was. Normally we open up a side door to let chickens out in the AM but we had just got 14 inches of snow so the coop was left closed up tight. Then I saw him.... a mink(yes a mink, not weasel. all dark brown, no white underbelly like a weasel) and he was still in there running around. I just yelled at him and went running for him, he ran out. As I was in there taking it all in, and doing body count the darn thing came back in even when I was talking to my chickens. Brash little SOB. I ran my half dead duck inside(he had killed the other duck) and grabbed cell phone and ran back outside to guard the flock. Fiance came home from work. Not sure at first what to do so he went back to work and I guarded the survivors from 9am to 5pm. We tried a trap with tuna in it. The darn thing either ignored it or I saw it run in one side and out the other. Anyway when my fiance got home he had a borrowed shotgun and he sat out in the coop with the gun pointed at the doorway from 5:30-11:10 and I hear a BANG and I hear over the walkie talkie DEAD F**ing WEASEL!!!! I ran out and yep.. he was dead.. and had no head any longer. Now normally I would not be so happy but that little thing killed 8 of my chickens and my only 2 ducks(1 is technically still alive but probably won't make it) Upon looking on internet we found it was indeed a mink not weasel. but I did my best to fix any areas around door where I thought he got in. Mink/weasels are normally solitary so we were hoping no others would come around. The survivors all made it through the night. Since he came right in while we were in there talking I take it a radio would do no good? I truly understand how protective people get of their children/animals. I was ready to bludgon that thing or do whatever it took. He came in a few times while I was in there guarding, I was soo furious. So it was a long day and we are sooo glad it is over. Any advice for the future? coop is solid wood, the only place is the door that had a 1/4 inch gap on the one side. that is fixed now. Any advice is welcome.

    Heather & Troy
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That's horrible! I'm so sorry for your loss and glad you got him, but are you sure that 1/4" is the only gap? I would expect them to squeeze through a 1", maybe even a 1/2", but a 1/4" gap, I think would be too small. However, I don't personally have any experience with minks, only what I've read.
     
  3. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I'm sorry for your loss. I think it sounds like you took care of it by fixing the door. I had a small space like that near my door too....i kept begging DH to fix it all summer because i was pretty sure a mink or weasel could get in through a small space. He finally sealed it up when he finished winterizing the coop. Its so hard to believe all you do to protect them, and it still happened. Its frustrating to think if you have a 1/4" available, and they will still get in like that. [​IMG]
     
  4. Lunachick

    Lunachick Chicken Slave

    Mar 19, 2007
    Brick, NJ
    Glad you got him! So sorry to hear of your losses. I've never had experiences with mink. I never knew they would be so vicious. Hope the poor duck recovers.
     
  5. peepsnbunnies

    peepsnbunnies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2007
    Central Florida
    OMG !! I am so sorry for you .. :aww I guess I didn't realize how good I have it. We don't have minks or weasels here.

    Lisa [​IMG]
     
  6. hoosierhen

    hoosierhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to here about your flock! I cheered when I read that your fiance shot that mink. Maybe you could sell his pelt and buy some new chicks with the $$ in the spring.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hope he was a loner, too. That must have been just awful and for him to come back while you were still there! What a nervy critter!
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I too am sorry for your loss. When I think of minks and weasels as being kin to ferrets and knowing how small an opening a ferret can shimmy through, I can't even begin to think of ways to proof your coop. Again, sorry. I agree with speckled. Don't know for sure, but do they live solitary lives?
     
  9. Chellester

    Chellester Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm so sorry about what happened. Anything in the weasel family is really bad news. That fiancĂ© of yours sounds like a keeper, though! [​IMG]
     

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