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Does anyone know about whether a nutria will hurt a chicken?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kyckling66, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. kyckling66

    kyckling66 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 23, 2012
    Prairieville, LA
    Tonight I saw a nutria walking around the exterior of my chicken coop (with the infrared of my "chicken cam"). Does anyone have experience with this? Will a nutria attack a chicken?
  2. Angiebubs

    Angiebubs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2011
    Amery, WI WI/MN border
    Ive never even heard of these-had to google to see what it was. Bumping this with hopes someone else will know
  3. Vamvakas

    Vamvakas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2011
    North Branford, CT
    Nutria are really big rats common in the south near the gulf coast states. We don't have them hear but I've read they only eat plants. Norway rats like eating eat, younger chickens.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2013
  4. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    My birds are totally free range and we have these around and i have never lost a bird to them.
  5. texas hiker

    texas hiker Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 22, 2009
    East Texas
    nutria rats are vegetartians, but they will eat small stuff such as snails and maybe crawfish.

    nutria rats like to build borrows to live in. Maybe the nutria has built a tunnel under the chicken coop somewhere?

    I personally would not worry about it.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
  6. Farmer Brian

    Farmer Brian Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 28, 2012
    Nutria live in marshes, wetlands, tidal areas. Are you in such a place? LA, I would assume so. Like said above, vegatarians. Don't worry about it, as long as your ID is correct.
  7. kyckling66

    kyckling66 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 23, 2012
    Prairieville, LA
    Hi Everyone,

    Thanks for the comments. Yes, I'm in marshland, near a bayou in Southern Louisina. I'm new to chickens, and although I know that the primary diet for nurtrias is vegitation, it still seemed a bit menacing that he looked so intent on getting into the coop. Maybe the smell of they hay or chicken food? In any case, thanks... I feel a bit better.

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