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Dead Possum (Warning: Graphic Pic)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bluey, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    Well, my proactive hunting yielded another predator last night. Unfortunately, not the elusive raccoon that I have been hunting the last week, but a pregnant possum. That's all I needed, more hungry possum babies. [​IMG]


    "With free ranging, comes great responsibility", (Uncle Ben)
  2. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    I saw a possum across the road last night. BIG THING.

    Hubby was outside too. My mother in law said never try to use a pitchfork on one, says they have tough skin.

    It was headed our way, then saw us/heard us and ran back. I said "See... it is coming for my chickens!!!!"
  3. chickens4jojo

    chickens4jojo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2008
    Upstate South Carolina
    They really are some ugly things, aren't they!~~especially if they are after your chickens...... [​IMG]
  4. lilchick

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Williamsport In.
    My jack russell named Bodhi is quite the killer..well not of my chickens but just about any other critter, even the cats!

    He can actually kill coons that probably weigh more than him.. he just gets a hold of their throat and hangs on till they expire..

    If you have ever had the "pleasure" of owning this type of dog you will understand. he can be very much the pain in the *##......
    Some mornings I would pay you to take him!
    He will follow me every a.m while I do chores and he likes to sneak feed and drink out of the waterers.. (jealous)

    well I look out to my chicken barn and see something lying on the ground... oh no a chicken? nope a possum that he killed! good boy! now I know why I love him here....
  5. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    I think maybe those possum babies were in her pouch. They stay in the pouch for quite a while. Glad that one won't be getting your chickens.
  6. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    texaschickmama wrote:

    I think maybe those possum babies were in her pouch.

    Wow, I didn't even think of that! You are probably right. The babies seemed so tiny and pink that I failed to even consider that, not being an expert on marsupials.

    Good Call!​
  7. diannawilliamson

    diannawilliamson New Egg

    Jul 9, 2008
    I live trap the possums and racoons and take them to the park! At night when my chickens go into the coop by themselves, I just close it up. I don't have any problems with predators at night - only in the day. Big hawks will attack a full grown chicken. Small hawks went after my chicks. I shot the hawk. We also have coyote. I'll shoot a coyote because they are dangerous to children, but I have not seen too many during the day. Having trouble with rabies in the fox and coyote.
  8. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Quote:ARE YOU NUTS??!! [​IMG]
    It IS illegal to kill/harrass or otherwise disturb a bird of prey. If you must protect your flock its called SSS
    SHUT UP!
    Though IMO its not a good thing to kill ANY bird of prey. For ANY reason.
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2008
  9. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    Miltonchix is right. There's too many protected flying predators to even think about shooting at any of them. Shooting birds of prey should be a no-no.
  10. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Quote:It wasn't just the act of killing the bird. I'm not judge and/or jury. My comments were directed at the casual posting of the commision of an illegal act. You can't get anymore self incriminating than that.

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