darn raccoons

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by lunathechicken, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. lunathechicken

    lunathechicken In the Brooder

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    hello everyone! it devestates me to say last night I lost a chicken due to a raccoon. we believe it was able to open up the cage door and take one (out of 7) of our chickens. we where, however, able to shoot the raccoon in time (sorry if this hurts anyone, but it did kill our sweetest chicken). in order to keep more raccoons trying to take the rest of our chickens we have made some adjustments to the coop, including putting better locks on the doors.if you guys have any questions about stuff like this let me know and i’ll try my best to help. (and i’m sorry if this isn’t how you are supposed to post this, i can’t figure out how I use to do it because i haven’t been on here in awhile)
     
  2. lunathechicken

    lunathechicken In the Brooder

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    actually this is how i typically post thing, so ignore the last part
     
  3. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

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    Shoot em all!
     
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  4. CntryBoy777

    CntryBoy777 Songster

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    Sounds like we read the same manual....sorry for your loss.
     
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  5. Mr Pink

    Mr Pink Songster

    A coon that knows how to open coop doors does not need to be around teaching that trick to others !
     
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  6. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    keep a eye close the rest of the clan will be around good shot
     
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  7. Duckworth

    Duckworth Songster

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    I'm sorry for your loss.

    Out of curiosity, what kind of latch was the raccoon able to open?
     
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  8. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    So sorry for your loss! Raccoons have been one of our worst predators, and we've learned. Now that our coop/run combination is safe, life is so much better for the flock.
    I live trap outside the coop, and shoot any varmits that get trapped.
    When we stopped feeding goodies outside of the run area, many fewer night prowlers came around. All treats are fed inside!
    Any birds in cages must still be protected, and only the very large dog airline crates are safe enough, because those rotten raccoons can reach in pretty far.
    Mary
     
  9. HenOnAJuneBug

    HenOnAJuneBug Crowing

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    Don't feel sorry. It's none of their business.
     
  10. Peckadoodle

    Peckadoodle Chirping

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    Raccons are just plain evil, executing so many chickens this fall. When one gets creative enough to pick a lock and open latches, it needs to be removed from the gene pool.
     

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