coon attack

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ChickenTender63, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Alamance, NC
    I knew it was too good to be true. Its been almost 2 years since I started
    Keeping chickens and I never had any predator attacks.

    All of that changed 2 nights ago. Went out to the barn Saturday morning
    As usual and found one of the hens with no head or neck anymore and
    All of the other birds scared to death. I knew at that point that I had a coon
    In the barn somewhere. I fell asleep early Saturday evening and woke up at
    9:00pm and something told me that I needed to go check on em. As I got close
    To the barn I heard a hen screaming for life and I started running and when
    I rounded the corner I saw a big coon jumping on top of one of my white leghorn
    Hens. I yelled and shined the spotlight on both of em and she got away and he
    Ran up a tree.

    I got everyone settled and went back to the house to get the .22 and the wife to
    Hold the light for me. When we got back out there, he was still there and must
    Have known what was gonna happen and he took off running before I could get a
    Shot off.

    I ended up going to tsc on Sunday then and got a live trap. I ended up catching
    A pretty good size coon then sometime early Monday morning. Now, you would
    Think after killing my girls in a gruesome manner, I wouldn't have a problem with
    Going ahead and shooting him and being done with it, but I am. When I look at the
    Fella in that trap, I see an animal that is just doing what he is supposed to do to survive.
    So, the question is, what can I do with this heathen so that he and I don't cross paths
    Again and I can keep my girls safe?

    I appreciate any ideas y'all may have for me. I'm just not the guy that likes to kill
    For no good reason.

    Take care everyone.

  2. Rebel Rooster

    Rebel Rooster I Will Love! :)

    Jun 29, 2009
    Central SC
    My Coop
    Haul em to the swamp and let him go... That's wat I'd do if I couldn't dispatch em... [​IMG]
  3. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    You can take him far, far away where no other houses are. DON'T bring it to Arkansas! [​IMG]
  4. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j True BYC Addict

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    But you do have a good reason. Let him out of the trap, and he'll just keep killing your chickens. You don't want to relocate it for many reasons - 1) It's illegal in most states. 2) You could be spreading distemper and rabies to another area. 3) You'd be dumping your problem on someone else. There really aren't any other options.
  5. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 14, 2009
    Dispatch him, and have him for dinner. I haven't had any, myself, but I hear they are delicious when prepared properly. That way you are rid of the problem, and the life isn't wasted.
  6. carrlr

    carrlr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    Southern Illinois
  7. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    Whatever you do, you need to also build a secure run and coop for your girls or re home them.
  8. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Alamance, NC
    Quote:I had thought that I had them in pretty protective housing, which is one of the reasons why
    I haven't lost any to predators in two years while living on 12 semi wooded acres in the country
    Of North Carolina. I'm pretty much surrounded by most critters that are available.

    I have seperate coops for the laying chickens, the turkeys, the guineas, ducks, a seperate nursery
    House for juvenille chickens to small to go to the hen house and too big for the brooder, and two brooders
    For the new hatches. All coops have hardware wire buried 18" in the ground and nothing has dug under and
    I have hardware cloth over all window openings.

    Evidently thio, there is a spot somewhere that he used to get in and now I just need to find it. There isn't
    Any need for me to rehome my chickens because they would be hard pressed to find a better life anywhere
    Else, they are completely spoiled! But I do appreciate your feedback

  9. BayouPoules

    BayouPoules Chillin' With My Peeps

    Haul em to the swamp and let him go

    We are so glad he gets another chance!
    It is just an animal doing what it does to survive and it's not like he picked you personally,..

    I am not against taking out an animal when it HAS to be done,.. but if ya haul it far enough away, more coon!

    So sorry about you losing your chicken,..​
  10. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Alamance, NC
    Quote:There's no way I was gonna let him out of the trap here. I might as well have not gone thru the effort of
    Trapping him in the first place. Thank you tho for the other info, I had no idea that it was illegal
    To rehome critters in some states, but if I did do that, I would have the respect for others to not relocate
    Within an area he could do the same thing to someone else, that would really tick me off if someone
    Did it to me.

    I thought about cleaning him and eating him so its not a waste, but I'm recovering from a scapular fusion
    And I just found out friday that I've broken some of the wires holding my shoulder blade to my ribs and spine
    And the bone graft they put in never regrew so I will be having that horrible surgery again and there will not
    Be any coon skinning or even chicken plucking in my future anytime soon, I just physically can't handle it.

    I have put a call in to a buddy to see if he will come over and help me out with the deed unless I can find
    Someone in the area that wants to eat him. Thanks for your input!


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