Do porcupines eat chickens? help asap

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Jennyhaschicks, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008

    We have a porcupine in our live trap right now. We want to know what to do with it. Does it eat live chicken? Something has been taking a couple of my chickens here and there.
    If they do eat chickens then we probably can't release it.

    eta I just did some quick research. They say they won't eat meat. There was hamburg in the trap though? Beats me.
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2008
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
  3. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Songster

    Jan 29, 2007
    Quote:If the hamb. was gone then you have your answer...
  4. mistylady

    mistylady Songster

    Jun 1, 2008
    Ohio near Coshocton
    They might waddle over your eggs and break them. Or dig under your fence and make a path something mean could go in. I'd take him for a ride and set him free!
  5. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    Porcupines may eat the coop before they ate an animal. Especially if there is salt around the wood. We had a "butter board" its what you knead the butter to remove moisture and add salt. It was nothing important, yet it was eaten!!! I have heard of them eating the walls from a very old farm house! I am NOT kidding- buggers! If I hadn't seen it, I never would have believed it! I wouldn't encourage porcupines around my home, they do not shoot quills, but if a chicken gets curious, she may be the next critter to pull quills from! LOL.
  6. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Yes, please be very careful when you release it that you are not "quilled." Ouch!
  7. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    My dh released him.
    Dh also said there was a old apple core in the trap from way back when. Maybe that is what attracted him?? The meat was gone too though. Strange.
    I don't know. Would a porcupine even be fast enough to get a chicken? They move rather slowly right?
  8. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Porcupines are herbivores - they eat plants.
    Thanks for releasing him!
  9. Jennyhaschicks

    Jennyhaschicks Songster

    May 3, 2008
    Quote:That is what we thought they ate. The part that threw us off was that he ate the meat in the trap.
    Maybe he was tired and just ate it? [​IMG] I mean we had him up during the daytime.
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Well, he was in a trap all night and so if they got hungry enough, might have choked down the non veggie fare in the cage. Or rats/mice could have eaten it. :eek:

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