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Are Coons Threats to Chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by MultipleAnimals, May 24, 2016.

  1. MultipleAnimals

    MultipleAnimals Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay so I leave my chicken rabbit and dog food in my bedroom by an open window I didn't think a raccoon would come in the window the chicken coop is by this window this window is in my bedroom so I went and stuck a baby gate in the window so the raccoon would not come back in and try to take the chicken food and rabbit food and dog food we leave the window open due to it gets way too hot in our house because we do not have air conditioning but I'm to the point to where I was asking are raccoons harmful to chickens my chicken coop is right next to our bedroom window and a few days before I got my new roosters my original rooster died it was found in the morning without its head and insides gone what could have killed it could it have been a raccoon?
     
  2. mstafford75

    mstafford75 Just Hatched

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    I just spotted one in my backyard too. Yes they will harm your chickens. They are not meat eaters but they go after the feed and the reason they can kill the chickens is they go after the grain and feed in their crops.
     
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  3. MultipleAnimals

    MultipleAnimals Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. Thanks
     
  4. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes raccoons will kill and eat your chickens. They will wipe out the entire flock if given half the opportunity.
     
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  5. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Raccoons are omnivores. They will eat things that live in water such as fish, frogs and snails. They will also eat birds, eggs, insects, slugs, seeds, fruits and nuts and will go after several garden plants such as corn. They will also kill and eat squirrels, mice and rats if they can.

    And they love chicken dinners. Chickens are easy pickings at night. They often won't stop at just one.


    It's possible. Raccoons are determined and have dexterous hands that can reach in through wire, or even open some latches.
     
  6. PolishFrizzle

    PolishFrizzle Out Of The Brooder

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    Raccoons are indeed meat eaters, and will kill and eat your chickens, their eggs, and their grain and seed. Live trap the Raccoons and release them miles away.
     
  7. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you live trap destroy the animal.

    Taking it and dumping it somewhere else has just made that animal someone else's problem.

    Besides that the animal will attempt to get back to its home range (and probably not make it, roads) and in the meantime it will be attacked by its own species because it is now in their territory.
     
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  8. PolishFrizzle

    PolishFrizzle Out Of The Brooder

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    Good point
     
  9. PolishFrizzle

    PolishFrizzle Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I guess you can have a lovely Raccoon hat [​IMG]
     
  10. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes. Where I live, there are no raccoons, but my grandparents had lots of problems with them killing their hens. My grandfather kills them after trapping them. They can open and get into things you would never imagine could be possible with their little hands. It definitely could've been a raccoon, and most likely was as you saw one recently in your yard.
     

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