Are gophers dangerous?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by christineavatar, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. christineavatar

    christineavatar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just reading some postings about predators and got to thinking about the gopher holes that I have found in the chicken coop. When I asked some people locally they said that they were not a problem to the chickens or the coop. Is that true?
     
  2. flnatv

    flnatv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think they would be... I believe they are herbivores.
     
  3. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't stick you hand down the holes--they bite. Otherwise they shouldn't be a problem other than by allowing snakes and weasels to gain entry to the chicken yard.
     
  4. aggie9296

    aggie9296 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are not dangerous to chickens. But the chickens may be a danger to the gophers if one pops up into the run. They may eat it.
     
  5. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Only danger I can think of is if they discover and like the chicken feed. May want to store the extra feed in a metal trash can.
     
  6. mjuenem

    mjuenem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will destroy the chicken's garden.
     
  7. TreeHugger

    TreeHugger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not dangerous but they can tear up a yard. I have them everywhere & I feel bad when one of my cats catch one. They are kinda cute & don't move very fast.
     
  8. christineavatar

    christineavatar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, everyone! The gophers have found the chicken feed but I also believe that the chickens have found the gophers - or at least they have not re-dug the gopher tunnel I found under the feeder.
     
  9. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    We don't have the full-sized gophers the northern states do here in Florida. Just the little pocket gophers that are about as big as your thumb. These last two years one has made the mistake of tunneling into my henyard. The first one was actually on his third mound before the hens got him.
     

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