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Ferret kills chickens, dog kills ferret, owners don't care, Help!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Nupine, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. Nupine

    Nupine Songster

    Nov 21, 2007
    Don't know where to put this as it has a bit of everything, so it is here. We have had a crazy morning. My mom wakes me up this morning and tells me that our dog Shadow, attacked our neighbors ferret! So I get up, and she has a half dead white ferret, our neighbors, in a feed sack. In case you are confused let me explain.We have some weird neighbors, between drug addictions, cussing 3 year olds, a bunch of giant black labs, a teen who is into who knows what, they are a little odd. They have a few ferrets, and last summer, I walked outside and there was a ferret running across the lawn, and I wanted to keep it, but turns out it belonged to them, so I had to return it. It is weird as these neighbors are not like suburb neighbors, they are surrounded by a ''moat'' like creek, with just a bridge to get to their palce, and there is a couple hills you have to go up and a road, to get to our place, so how a ferret did that I do not know. And as far as the dog, his name is Shadow and he is a some type of black setter. We rescued him from euthanasia from the dog pound last winter, and he is a Godsend. He guards our chickens and our farm, and alerts us when someone is here. He will kill any small animal, except cats thankfully, that comes along. So back to the story. Shadow saw the little ferret in our garage, near our chickens, and attacked it. So my mom told him to drop it and he did, so then she frantically put it in a feed sack and into the house. We called the owners, and the man came over to get him ferret and I was shocked by his reaction. He laughed at the almost dead little guy, and teased our dog with it, and said ''If he croaks he croaks'' and when we said we were very sorry he said ''Oh don't be, these things are just nuisances''!!!!!!!!!! I have been around ferrets before and they are sweethearts. If we didn't have so many animals I would have took it. We later heard gunshots, so we called them again and as we suspect, they killed little Snowball. Now it this isn't weird enough, it continues. An hour or so later, I head out side to give my chickies some treats and to my surprise, there are two dead chickens in there! The pen they were in is connected to the garage and there is a little opening at the bottom, so it is possible that a very small animal could get under there. I walk in there and it is Mr. Peeps and Duncan. They were young roosters, and were probably going to be slaughtered by a neighbor of ours, but no one wants to see there chickens dead. Mr. Peep's head was removed completly, and Duncan's head was all yucky and bloody, lacking eyeballs and such, neither are good scenes for a meat-a-phobic vegetarians eyes. I had silkies in that pen as well, so why they went after utility type roos I do not know. I removed the 5 silkies and put them into a nice coop. I am absoulutly sure it was the ferret. We do not have predators since Shadow has been here, I have free range silkie roosters, and nothing has even gotton them. I know this all makes little sense, but does a pet ferret killing chickens make any?

  2. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Songster

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    Yeah, ferrets can kill 'em all right!

    And Lord, sounds like some of my neighbors.
  3. Bi0sC0mp

    Bi0sC0mp Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    yes it is possiable cause it sounds like they was not realy pets seems they let them run wild and hunt for food and such yes..
  4. banter

    banter Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    I would doubt a ferret would go after a full grown chicken (maybe a chick though), Especially a white one (they have poor or no eyesight, it would be by scent to find anything.). The modern American ferret is only interested in playing. That could certainly scare a coop of chickens to death! They also can't survive on their own anymore-bred out of them. I have owned nine ferrets over 12 years without an incident, and one has occasionally escaped at times. I own many other kinds of animals including small birds.
  5. sred98

    sred98 Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    That is so sad, for your chooks and the ferret. [​IMG] Our ferret won't even eat canned cat food as a treat, forget all the little pre-packaged ferret treats! But, if they haven't been taking care of it, it might have had to learn how to hunt for itself. My cat even brought my ferret a mouse and it ran away. She just doesn't have it in her, but, if that one made it to your house, you can bet it didn't just hop around the whole way like a "pet" ferret would. Otherwise, you would think it would have been found and eaten by your dog or hawk, etc. before it made it to the chickens.

    As far as why it went for the other 2 roos rather than the silkies, I think that maybe they were the ones that ran up, thinking it was an easy meal and it jumped on their heads and attacked. That is how mine plays with the cat and I have a feeling that is what happened there. Sounds like it.

    Also, if ferrets aren't socialized properly (doesn't sound like those people are even socialized!!! [​IMG] Then, they will bite...and hard! Sounds like it wasn't being taken care of, and tried to feed itself. Ferrets can go feral and hunt.

    Sorry you had to deal with all of that. That is awful. :aww

  6. Nupine

    Nupine Songster

    Nov 21, 2007
    These were not little chicks, they were a turken and a SLW, about 4 months old each. Then I guess I don't want a ferret anymore. No they are not the best neighbors, but they are pretty nice to us and would help us if we needed it so that is all that counts.
  7. Nupine

    Nupine Songster

    Nov 21, 2007
    Oh, forgot to say, the roos it ate were a little off. They were scared of other chickens and would always hide and stuff. I don't know what was mentally wrong with them, and the SLW had a little limp too, which may have made him easy prey. Their other ferret that we found last summer was very friendly, not sure about this one as he was near death. Thanks!

  8. I had a ferret get a hold of a parakeet once, it wasn't pretty. The keet got loose and flew to the floor and like lightning the deed was done. If it were unsocialised or hungry enough i don't see what would stop it (apart from your dog...good dog, protecting his chickies!) from getting a chicken. They were used to destroy rabbits, raccoons, gophers, rats and mice. Chickens are roughly similar in ssize to some rabbits...so maybe...

    either way your dog is a wonderful protector of his flock.
  9. lorieMN

    lorieMN Songster

    Apr 19, 2008
    ferrets are in the weasel family,they will most certainly go after a chicken if hungry,and sounds like this Snowball was on the loose and maybe had been for awhile,I dont think the reaction to the half dead ferret that bad,sounds like the guy didnt like them much anyway,and so that is why they were loose. As for the two roos it took,if they didnt hang out with the flock it made them easier targets,thats why they were the first to go. I would make sure your coop is pred proof cause if they had one running loose they may have let more go.
  10. maplesky7

    maplesky7 Flock Mistress

    Jun 14, 2008
    N. IL.
    My experiance with ferrets...

    My sister's boyfriend had a nasty mean unsociable one...crawled up my other sister's pant leg and chewed on her leg.

    I've had 4 total. And one small female attacked my dove (had a stupid boyfriend at the time and he wasn't thinking), her wing was cut badly and had it ever been the ferret got loose while they bird was out...now I know what would happen.

    This female ferret on her playtime in this old house was also an excellent mouser.

    I never let her eat her prey but she was a hunter.

    And the cats and ferrets played with each other...leaving bite marks on each other sometimes but it was mock battles.


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