Anything Wrong With Opossums in My Yard?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Laurajean, Oct 6, 2010.

  1. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Lately at night I've noticed an Opossum hanging out in my yard. He just walks around and minds his own business, not bothered by my presence in the least. I was wondering if there are any concerns I should have? I don't have garbage out there for him to disrupt, but is there anything else I should know? Any bad experiences with them or are they harmless as long as garbage and/or food isn't left out?
     
  2. Shannoniganshens

    Shannoniganshens Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Opossums are surely a threat to your chickens. Make sure they can't get into your coop or run. They can kill a chicken. They usually carry tons of fleas and diseases. So you really don't want them around areas where your chicken roam.
     
  4. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Quote:Well, I'm not too worried about the chickens because their coop is like Fort Knox. It would take a bear to get into it. I was just wondering if they caused damage, etc., but thanks for the warning!
     
  5. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they can sometimes get into your veggies and things. They definitely are a hazard to chickens.
     
  6. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    My coop is secure enough that I don't dispatch the possums simply for roaming around my property.

    Other people in my area have problems with them making themselves at home - building nests in attics and such, so everyone just has to do what they have to do.
     
  7. stethomps

    stethomps Chicken Hugger

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    They are definitely opportunistic; if given the opportunity at best they will just raid your feeder, and at worst will kill your chicks, if there is any way they can get to them, and they will try. Also, many people have lost adult birds to opossum’s. I have a zero predator policy; In my opinion the pros of removing predators out way the cons. It is just no fun coming out to dead, ½ eaten birds, or a pile of feathers. I’d get rid of him 4 sure.
     
  8. MMPoultryFarms

    MMPoultryFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2010
    Okarche Oklahoma
    Quote:My policy is if it aint clucking it better get to trucking cause if i get it in my sight it wont live threw the night!! [​IMG]
     
  9. Bizzybirdy

    Bizzybirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Possums will eat eggs and kill chickens. One killed 10 of 16 four month olds chicks I had in a 4' dog pen right next to my front door. A pullet that survived lost her eye. They can easily climb fences; not as crafty as racoons but deadly to chickens.

    I used to let them be but no more!
     
  10. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas
    You don't have horses, do you?
    Opossums carry the Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis virus. So a little bitty 'possum can kill horses. They can be pretty rough on chickens, too.
    I still think 'possums are cute, though.

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