Are possems more of a threat

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by fl_deb, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. fl_deb

    fl_deb Songster

    May 7, 2010
    to eggs or to the chickens?

    I know I have a possem running around as I have seen it less than 50 feet from the coop.

    But, was wondering if they just eat eggs???

    thanks for your help,

  2. bigstack

    bigstack Songster

    Jan 4, 2010
    Texarkana, TX
    Possum's Will Kill almost all chickens and eat them!!! They are very bad! They carry all kinds or nasty deseases aswell! They can be very viscious when cornered. Be careful! They are alot stronger than you think. They will shred chicken wire!

    I would exterminate ASAP! But thats just my Opinion

    Good Luck and God Bless!
  3. huntercf

    huntercf Songster

    May 17, 2010
    Opossums have quite a few sharp teeth and a couple that are long and dangerous. They also don't have a lot of fear.
  4. paridisefarm2009

    paridisefarm2009 Songster

    Aug 12, 2009
    Hudson Florida
    And if you think they are Dead They Probally Are Not. Go in the house and get the Thing You Kill with UM Like a .22 Yea Some thing Like that and you won't Have to think if they are Dead You will Know:thumbsup
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I had a possum in my main coop a few months ago - he was attacking all of the chickens. No eggs anywhere, I had collected them. Sad to do it, but after several tries to get him out I had to shoot him.

    They can climb, be sure all upper areas are well protected.
  6. If you are seeing it during the day get rid of it quick! Usually the only time they come out during the day is if they are sick.
  7. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

    Jun 23, 2009
    they will take and eat your chicken, they will eat the eggs. if you have seen one out in the day, you probably have a sick one on your hands.
  8. fl_deb

    fl_deb Songster

    May 7, 2010
    [​IMG] OMG! I did not realize they were that much like raccoons! Thank you all for your help!

    Thankfully my coop is all hardware cloth, but I will definitely be doing some SSS work in the next couple of nights!

    I don't like killing wildlife, but just want my girls to be safe and it sounds like the opossum won't stop looking for a way to have a free chicken dinner or share their pests/diseases with my chickens from crawling all over their coop trying to find a way in..

    I can't tell one opossum from another, so are there usually more than 2?

    I assume if I got 1, I have at least 2.

    Or are they so territorial, that a couple is all for say, a 1/2 mile radius?

    Just want to know how deep a hole I need to dig.

  9. muell112

    muell112 Songster

    Feb 4, 2009
    Bangor, ME
    Look - If your coop is built well please don't kill the local wildlife. Yes, opossums have a lot of sharp teeth. They will get nasty if cornered but wouldn't anyone? Do you have any weak spots in your enclosure and are you able to patch those up? Might be easier to do that than keep up with killing all the local nocturnal potential predators.
  10. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Quote:when they are really dead they lose control of their bowels every one I have ever dispatched I have used this bit of info to keep me from getting bit good luck with your birds

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