Do possums eat the chickens or the eggs or both?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by icefolks, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. icefolks

    icefolks New Egg

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    I discovered a possum in my girls nesting box....do they eat chickens or eggs or both? If there is one are there bound to be more?
     
  2. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes a hungry possum will eat a bird and eggs too. Be wise and cull the possum. Where there is one possum, there are more. Set up a trap before you lose your birds.
     
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  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    They can eat both.

    I have not heard of them running in herds. The ones in my yard are solitary, unless it is mom & babies.

    Imp
     
  4. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Overrun With Chickens

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  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    *I've* personally only had Possums bother the eggs not my adult birds. The worst time for me tends to be when a mother has babies. HOWEVER, since the possum was already in your nesting box I would be very concerned. If he's brave enough to get in for the eggs it's just a matter of time till he goes for the birds. Also how is your coop set up? If a possum could get inside I'm afraid a much more vicious predator could as well.
     
  6. Bizzybirdy

    Bizzybirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Possums here have killed adults and babies....they are excellent fence climbers also. I have shot many of them...hate to kill anything but after seeing what they do I would definitely get rid of any pronto and permanently.

    Used to think the young ones were cute and only ate eggs. Was I WRONG! [​IMG]
     
  7. Bigcreekpeafowl

    Bigcreekpeafowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They sure will eat chickens. Have lost adults, chicks, and eggs to opossums.
     
  8. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Opossums tell me my birds taste just like chicken.
     
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  9. ChickcrazyCharlie

    ChickcrazyCharlie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2, kill it!!!!
     
  10. Attila the Hen

    Attila the Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a possum that came up on the upper deck to eat cat food. I immediately brought it in, but it has been back to look for more. The dogs have treed it 2-3 times so far. My point though is that it hasn't bothered the chickens and it hasn't gone in the compost heap which is next to the coop. Either I am lucky or it's not interested in chickens.
     

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