Do raccons eat chickens or eggs?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by farmgirl02, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. Hi, everyone!
    I have a big, fat coon that comes to my yard every single night, but hasn't stole any chickens yet. Evidence is every where! He always comes to the same exact sandy spot next to my coop, and tracks are printed every where, along with a worm chewed in half. He has also gotten into my feed twice! So, I got to thinking about this today... Do raccoons eat chickens, eggs, or both?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Both or either.
     
  3. Zhoda-Dave

    Zhoda-Dave Out Of The Brooder

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    coons and skunks will eat what ever they can get to, if they have a chance they seam to be lazy but are fast have you ever tried to kill a skunk they can run so fast that you have a hard time to catch up to them and shoot them.And will eat eggs and even big chickens.food is food no mater in what kind of wrapper it comes.
     
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  4. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

    both
     
  5. chefman4u2

    chefman4u2 Out Of The Brooder

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    That coon, sooner or later will find his way into the coop and he will kill ALL your chickens. one word shotgun.
     
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  6. Yea, I'll have to shoot him soon.....Before he finds his way into the coop!
     
  7. chefman4u2

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    Normally, they will only come all the time if there is food left out that they can get to. Since he comes every night, I would look around and figure out why he is coming (other than the chickens) and eliminate that source also so others won't be attracted later. They carry diseases that can kill humans, so dispose of while protected. A workmate of my wife at UT came in contact with feces of coons he was feeding and he died from it.
     
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