Chickens and Groundhogs

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by branagh, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. branagh

    branagh In the Brooder

    Dec 2, 2007
    Nova Scotia
    I have my 9 month old pullets living in a reconditioned old shed. The 3 previous years there has a been a groundhog living underneath it.

    The chicken run is built over one of the old exit holes of the groundhog. Last summer I caved it in and covered it over.

    I noticed today that the groundhog has burrowed out from under the shed and has a hole in the run again. I've blocked it up with rocks for the time being.

    Question: Are groundhogs dangerous to chickens? I really don't want to harm the animal but I don't want any carnage involving the girls as well. :eek:

    Any thoughts? Thanks!

  2. Groundhogs are pretty much vegetarians. Still, it wouldn't have any problem killing one if it chose to.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2008
  3. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    i posted a similar question a while ago. We ended up buying rodent bombs and doing away with him and everyone says they are vegitarians but i know what they can do if they feel threatened. You wont get anywhere filling in the hole. Bomb him, shoot him or trap him, chances are he is not alone.
  4. swiftfoot

    swiftfoot Songster

    Dec 23, 2007
    Blountville , TN
    i hate groundhogs we have horses and if they fall in a hole they can brake their leg
    i shoot at every one i see

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