Can you identify this scat?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Delphinium, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Delphinium

    Delphinium Out Of The Brooder

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    Last week I found this scat just outside the coop when I went out in the morning to let my chooks out. Can anyone identify it.... cat? raccoon? skunk?
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Raccoon.
     
  3. Mrs. Feathers

    Mrs. Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    racoon...cats always make some effort to bury or cover their poop
    Watch you chickens, I just lost my favorite BA hen to a stupid racoon. Thought we were predator proof but apparently not.
     
  4. TK421

    TK421 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Delph,

    It is probably NOT a raccoon. Since you live in Arizona, you might also consider a ringtail (Bassariscus astutus), as well as skunk (striped, hognosed, and spotted), and opossum. it's full of seeds, and very small, so I wouldn't automatically worry about your chickens. Make sure there aren't any little holes in your setup, though.
     
  5. MMPoultryFarms

    MMPoultryFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coon scat.
     
  6. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coon--I just trapped one and he left a mess of scat in the trap, had all kinds of seeds in it.
     
  7. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Overrun With Chickens

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    fox?? thats what the foxes around here leave
     
  8. Delphinium

    Delphinium Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the replies! I don't think it could be a fox... we have a fenced yard, but I guess anything is possible. I was leaning toward skunk or racoon. We live in a neighborhood that backs up to the forest, and we have smelled skunks in our yard before. I just found the scat, no digging attempts this time, but I wanted to know what I might be dealing with. THANKS!!
     

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