Don't know what it is, but....

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Sherry, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. Sherry

    Sherry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Southern WV
    I'm losing ducks about every other night. Last night it took 4.

    It's coming out into the middle of the yard to get the ducks. I have some younger ducks in a pen and the older ones (that won't get into the pen) cluster around it to sleep.

    I find either feathers, parts (the head) or an entire un-eaten carcass in the same spot, at the edge of where my yard ends and the woods begin.
    I don't know if that's where the critter is coming or going.

    May be a dumb question, but is that the spot where I should put my trap? I have other traps around the pen, but they are ingnored.
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    What kind of traps are you using? What do you think you are trying to get? I think your traps might be ineffective if you are using the wrong kind of trap. For instance, a live trap is probably not the ideal way to trap a fox. A leg hold trap would be a much better option. Live traps are great for possums and raccoons, but not so great for catching raptors. A too big live trap will not hold a weasel, and a too small live trap will not contain a large raccoon.

    First you need to get your adult birds into a safe space at night. Then you need to figure out what you are trying to catch. Once you figure that out you may increase you level of success.

    Good luck.
  3. Sherry

    Sherry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2007
    Southern WV
    I agree totally. Caught the final two ducks this evening so everyone is hopefully locked up safe and sound.

    Trail camera is set up and hopefully will catch something that way and proceed accordingly.
  4. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    I smell a racoon...............................[​IMG]
  5. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Quote:this is an excellent place to put it you should be able to see a trail where they are leaving the woods and entering the yard
  6. NarleevilleClucks

    NarleevilleClucks Out Of The Brooder

    May 27, 2009
    Linthicum, Maryland
    I'm waiting with baited breath...[​IMG]

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