Beware of Weasel!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by SR Sopha, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. SR Sopha

    SR Sopha New Egg

    Nov 20, 2011
    I don't want to knock the weasel, because it saves on grain storage by eating all those mice and rats, but it will go through the hidden mouse hole in your coop wall and kill everything it can grab. Last week I lost five hens. I thought it was a coon because I wasn't closing my coop up at night and the window was forced open (it was the wind I now know, faulty chain hook). I closed up the coop, knowing the coon would be back, turned off the light and went to bed. The next morning, five more dead, including three of my sweethearts I forced into the coop the night before. The only gap I could find was a 1 1/2 inch gap in the human entrance door. I pinned it tight, set a live trap and left the light on at night, trying to figure out how something squeezed under the door gap. Yesterday, I investigated deeper and found a mouse hole on the outside of my coop that led into the wall beneath insulation. I pulled off the internal wall and found weasel scat with feathers in it. It was going through the wall outside, and ending up right on the roost, killing everything that slept on it. Thank goodness I have been leaving the light on!
    Lesson learned: No gaps for mice and leave the light on!
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi sopha, welcome to BYC [​IMG]

    I lost 4 chickens, all my bantam breeding stock for next year, to a weasel several weeks ago. [​IMG] Very discouraging. Got in thru a door not latched tightly.
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    Weasels are always one of my biggest fears, since they can squeeze through such tiny gaps. Everyone always thinks of the large weasel species and forgets about the really small ones, too. Or juvies. I'm sorry you both had such heavy losses.
  4. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    When I built my coop I made sure the 1/4 inch HW cloth was the largest opening I had anywhere. If that is small enough I'm ok. I hope.

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