Do Raccoons Eat Toes?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BarrettG, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. BarrettG

    BarrettG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a small coop that is raised off the floor outside. I have half inch hardware cloth on the bottom and chicken wire on the sides. I noticed one morning that a chicken of mine was bleeding by his head and thought he was pecked. Then I noticed some are missing toes! I looks like some dirt under the coop is disturbed. Could this be the work of a racoon, rats or possums?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    They will grab and chew at any body part that falls within their reach. I once had a very large coon kill and dismember a pair of pigeons through inch by half inch wire. The next night he made the mistake of entering a box trap.
     
  3. BarrettG

    BarrettG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So it probably was a racoon then. **** that sucks. I just finished setting up a box trap. I put some chocolate, marshmallows and bread with honey in there. Any thing else you think I should put in?
     
  4. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Raccoons can't seem to resist cat food. It's like a drug to them. It's also very fragrant so it will catch his nose first
     
  5. BarrettG

    BarrettG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have dog food? If that's no good I guess I'm going to the store
     
  6. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That should work too, raccoons aren't too picky [​IMG]
     
  7. hayley3

    hayley3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always used canned tuna fish. It worked every time. I guess cat food is smelly too.

    Do the chickens have a place to get away from the floor until you catch the raccoon?
     
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  8. BarrettG

    BarrettG Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a little roost pole but they don't use it. I sent a vendor of mine an email, I'm going to install a drain pan underneath the coop. This will block predators from the bottom and allow me to catch the poop and use it as fertalizer
     
  9. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    Hope you catch your predator!! Raccoons eat anything!! Another human way to kill them in minutes is to take the liquid flie poison that is like laundry detergent and mix in some mointain dew and marsh mallows. It quick and humane.
     
  10. torilovessmiles

    torilovessmiles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The problem with setting out sweet, fragrant poison is that dogs and potentially endangered species also like it. With a trap, you can dispatch the animal under your control. Whereas with poisoning, you could send some little kid's dog home to die and not even know it! Depending on where you live, setting out a poison like that may be illegal as well
     
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