Coon or possum?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by oliviad51, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. oliviad51

    oliviad51 Songster

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    We went out of town for a week, and I forgot to tell the person that was coming to look after our chickens to close one of the chicken coop doors. Only two chickens roosted in there. We got home and one hen was hurt very badly at the top of her leg. The other was left as just a skelaton. (sp?) Whatever it was, it could have kept coming back because we were gone for a whole week. All of the parts of the body were connected. The head wasn't ripped off or anything. We set the trap when we got home, and caught a raccoon, so could that have been it?
     
  2. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

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    It could've been a raccoon, but it is not a fair assumption that he is the only one in the area.
    We lost an Ameraucana chick to a raccoon about 10 days ago. We actually heard and saw him at 2am. We set traps for the next four days and caught THREE huge raccoons and an opossum. I'm not sure there's a way to tell what type of predator could've done it, but when there is one, there are usually more.
    So sorry for your losses, that's a shame.

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    Last edited: Jul 16, 2010
  3. oliviad51

    oliviad51 Songster

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    I think I have the same trap as you...I put a piece of bread with peanut butter in it, and ten throw marashmallows in the trap, and in front of it. Those raccoons&possums love the marshmallows.. I have caught 4 raccoons, and 4 possums since last monday, and they were huge too. They days we didn't catch anything, there was a rock stuck under the flap thing, making the door not close.
     
  4. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Crowing 8 Years

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    well coons take the carcas, opossums don't...
    simple as that.
     
  5. oliviad51

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    must be a opossum then. Thanks
     

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