coon for 4 last night

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by hobbz, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. hobbz

    hobbz Out Of The Brooder

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    Went up to feed/water them this morning and opened the coop door and only saw 6 of my girls. I figured the other 4 were outside playing. I looked and didn't see any. So I then said a few bad words and looked a little closer. I saw 3 of the bodies laying up next to the fence on the inside and lots of feathers on the outside. The 4th body I never did find so it must have actually been pulled thru the chicken wire and welded wire.

    I can only figure that these girls didn't go inside to roost last night as they just started going outside yesterday and they got ate.

    I can't open close the coop door every morning/night because of my work schedule so I will just have to deal with the loss and hope it doesn't happen again.
     
  2. ~*Sweet Cheeks*~

    ~*Sweet Cheeks*~ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2009
    Olympia Washington
    Oh - How sad. The coons will be back for more. You need to put up some hardware cloth so they can't get pulled through the fence if you can't put them in at night.
     
  3. preppy*hippie*chick

    preppy*hippie*chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read something about racoons, runs & chickens on here a while back. Someone actually watched how the racoons went about it. They went to the corners & the chickens would have been OK if they'd stayed in the center, but they didn't. If yo could put some plywood up at the corners - or maybe some cinder blocks you might be OK. I hope that helps. [​IMG] Sorry for your loss.
     
  4. hobbz

    hobbz Out Of The Brooder

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    both places where the chickens were laying was in the corners.
     
  5. preppy*hippie*chick

    preppy*hippie*chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There you go. When they're scared they run to the corners if you make the corners safe you'll be OK unless they come over the top or under.
     
  6. hobbz

    hobbz Out Of The Brooder

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    i just went up and put corrigated metal, same as my roof. around the bottom of the run. I have chain link 3 feet out on the ground and the roof is covered with welded wire, so i don't think they can get in either of those ways.

    I also had to stop by TSC and pick up 3 RIR pullets and 3 unknown white pullets. The wife is happy again.
     
  7. preppy*hippie*chick

    preppy*hippie*chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hope it works!!! Good luck!
     
  8. hobbz

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    I knew the coon has been around, but hasn't got anymore, so i put 3 traps out last night. not live traps, but the old style metal jaws traps. well the stupid thing got hit front arm in one trap, and his head/mouth in the other. he was still alive when i got home from work today and went to check the chickens and finished him off with the taurus judge...
     
  9. shawnkfl

    shawnkfl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sweet. cook him up and feed those chickens! the sweet taste of revenge...
     
  10. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    MI
    Quote:did you use the .410 or the .45LC? Inquiring minds want to know........

    Ps, the judge is the next on my Christmas list. Hows it shoot?
     

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