Feeding predators

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Kessel23, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. Nope.

    19 vote(s)
  2. Yes.

    2 vote(s)
  3. Sometimes.

    6 vote(s)
  1. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

    Feb 6, 2018
    Hi Hannah
    Who else here feeds their dead birds to the predators in their area? I used to put some dead birds out in the field to feed the vultures and hawks, or whatever else could find them. I recently got some trail cameras and my large BBB Jake got killed by some dogs so I decided to set the dead Jake up in the field and see what would come and eat it. Screenshot 2018-12-15 at 11.39.43 AM.png
    Me and my little brother set it up around 50 feet from the forest, I was hoping to see some raptors come and eat it but unfortunately all the vultures had already migrated and the only large raptors left were the Red Tailed hawks. The hawks watched us set this up and they were too scared to come land in the field because of how tall the golden rod was. (the date is incorrect in this picture)
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    So with no raptors coming we waited a few days to see if any smaller mammals would show up, I guess raccoons and possums don't do a lot of traveling through the fields though because the only pictures we got were a few blurry deer running through. (the date is now correct)
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    So I was getting pretty impatient, it had been a week since we set the turkey up and nothing had found it. So we moved it into the forest just off a deer trail to hopefully see some action.
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    Not surprisingly, we got a deer on camera just passing through.
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    I also got a coyote, he was in no mood to eat though, his mate was shot by a hunter just a few days before and he was stressed out looking for her. By the time I checked the camera it had been two days since the coyote came through and I decided he would not be coming back.
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    So I switched spots again, this time I put it off another deer trail near the marsh, I knew that raccoons used this trail. I caught this little 3 point buck the first night.
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    I stood the turkey's head up with some sticks so he would be more visible. I also have him tied to a cinder block, I have had him tied to this since I first put him out, it was just hidden well in the first few pictures.
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    A few more days passed and nothing came so I put some cans of tuna out on the turkey, still trying to attract something. I also switched the camera's position.
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    The tuna cans attracted their natural predator, the stray cat.
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    And a rabbit passed through...
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    Those cans also finally worked as I hoped they would and caught the attention of a large raccoon, the first real predator to find the turkey.
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    Also this legend showed up to eat some turkey. I had to move those cans out, the stray cats kept sitting by them and sniffing at em, I got a lot of pictures of cat butts.
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    That raccoon would spend several hours a night, slowly making progress on this massive bird. The next new animal to appear was a dog.
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    Then a squirrel, how exciting.

    Anyways, here are some other pictures of interesting animals and new animals, without a bunch of words thrown in between them.
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    Last edited: Dec 15, 2018
  2. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

    Feb 6, 2018
    Hi Hannah
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  3. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

    Feb 6, 2018
    Hi Hannah
  4. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

    Jan 9, 2017
    SE Wisconsin
    Wow. I’m shocked it took that long. Here it would be a mater of minutes after dark.
  5. tacothechicken

    tacothechicken Songster

    Apr 2, 2015
    Anacortes WA
    My Coop
    I leave mine for the wildlife although ive never found a trace the next day or set up cameras. I know we have a trio of coons a large coyote pack and a bobcat occasionally pass through.
  6. Butterscotchbitesfinger

    Butterscotchbitesfinger Crossing the Road

    Nov 2, 2018
    Your pretty game feeding predators cause that then teaches them that you have food nearby and then they start looking and then you’ve got a problem cause they’ll be getting into your coop. Is it protected?
  7. honanbm

    honanbm Guess it's just you and me, chicken hat

    May 25, 2015
    Western Washington
    You've got all sorts of critters! My favorites are the murderous rabbit and that tiny mouse standing on the leg/foot.
    I would feed my dead birds to the wildlife, but I don't have enough acreage and I'd hate to bring them in to feed on my free range birds.
    Wonder who's missing a white sheppie... Those are the main predators I worry about. Freaking dogs.
  8. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Hi Bug

    Feb 6, 2018
    Hi Hannah
    Lol, this is over 1500 feet away from my coop, anyways the coop gets about 50 times more action than this turkey did. There are always predators waiting nearby for me to mess up and forget to shut a door or something. Even if they knew I had food nearby I do not think they would be able to find it, these animals clearly aren't very skilled at finding things, even when it is a free hand out with stinky tuna sitting on top of it. Yes my coop is protected.

  9. Butterscotchbitesfinger

    Butterscotchbitesfinger Crossing the Road

    Nov 2, 2018
    Oh whoops sorry,I thought you were feeding them from like right outside your coop. My mistake so sorry
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  10. 2 many chickens

    2 many chickens Songster

    Jan 14, 2017
    Very interesting post.

    But no, I bury my dead animals. I don't want to feed any predators. doesn't matter how far away from your coop it is.. a fox will go for miles to find a meal.

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