Best Raccoon/Opossum bait?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 6RandomBrownLayers, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. 6RandomBrownLayers

    6RandomBrownLayers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2011
    So I have a Raccoon patrolling around my coop. I have found tracks twice in the past week. Once they were three feet away from the coop. I have a live trap that is currently baited with sardines but no luck so far. I had an old can of sardines outside and one morning when I went out they were all gone. Now I know he/she likes sardines but I was curious if anyone else knows a better bait? Maybe one that works for opossums as well?
  2. JenellYB

    JenellYB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Raw chicken.
  3. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    I caught all mine with usually a carrot or aple in the trap.Few times I tossed in cantelope and marshmallows,but the ants went for those.
  4. redhen689

    redhen689 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    SE PA
    I caught 2 in the fall using cat food. I sprinkle in around on the ground around the trap and then put a small container of it in the trap.
    I have another one patroling the area now, so I'll be rebating the trap again tonight.

    One thing I haven't been able to catch is that darn fox!
  5. mrcman

    mrcman Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 28, 2011
    NW Pa.
    I also used sardines for years. Then I switched to marshmallows. Same good results but much cheaper. We've also caught possums with the marshies.
  6. 6RandomBrownLayers

    6RandomBrownLayers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2011
    Is that dry cat food or wet?
  7. wagoncab

    wagoncab Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2008
    We have 3 Great Pyrenees dogs. No problems with predators.[​IMG]
  8. palmettogroves

    palmettogroves Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 14, 2011
    Brazoria, TX
    I have baited my traps with an egg in the past. That way it doesn't attract the neighborhood cat. All the other suggestions have worked for me too.
  9. redhen689

    redhen689 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    SE PA
    I used dry. I put a small container filled with cat food in the trap and sprinked some around the container too. (It falls through the holes.)
    I caught a 'coon the first night I set the trap.
    A few weeks later I tried the same thing, but didn't catch anything the first night, so then I put some pieces of our leftover turkey carcass (bones) in there as well and caught one.
    I attempted to catch a fox,.. no luck. He was able to get the bait without triggering the trap.

    I have kept chickens for 11 years but never had problems with preditors while we owned a dog. I've had non stop raccoons and foxes since the dog is gone.

    I know I need to secure the coop better, but some evenings no-one is home to close up the coop.
  10. Shawnee_b

    Shawnee_b Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 28, 2011
    So Central Kentucky
    I've caught coon with marshmallows, canned cat food, sardines (I eat the sardines and put the can of juice out) I do lile some of these ideas of dry foods cause the wet stuff does get messy in a day or too, and yes the mallows are pretty good bait and not too messy.

    I did read a good tip since coon will reach in and get bait and are tricky anyway. I put hardware cloth on the ends of my traps for 1 foot so no reach ins. The coons will also "stack" 3 deep preventing the door from going down! I stake my traps down very firm to prevent tipping. The other tip sounds good is bait in a hole under the trip plate and stake trap.

    If you have cage trap problems there is a Duke Coon Cuff which is dog proof. Only a coon can trip it. They have the fingers that can wrap around the inner trip which nothing else has. Google "duke dog proof coon cuff"


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