friendly farm opossum makes rounds around coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ShiftyShickens, Dec 12, 2017.

  1. ShiftyShickens

    ShiftyShickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so I've been dealing with Mr. Snaggles for over a year at least with plenty of "run-ins" between him and the barn cats in the past being observed regularly. anyways recently id gotten my flock and the hairs on the back of my neck began to roost when i had seen his pad marks around my girls villa. now i'm feeling rather territorial sure but not without good reason right? seems like everywhere i look there's a story of rogue opossum running a-muck, reeking havoc on sweet feathered babies all over, leaving a ruthless path of destructing in it's wake. but i still have to ask, will that tiny waif of a creature really hurt my girls like i read about? he's so small! i don't really wanna end Mr. snaggles reign of terror is that's what you would call it...i don't want to but i will. i guess my question is. it there a a way for everyone to get along or is all hope lost for our poor heinous looking friend?
     
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  2. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Flock Master

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    Yes possums will kill your birds. They are omnivores. Have you heard a possum screaming? It’s bloodcurdling.
     
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  3. ShiftyShickens

    ShiftyShickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    he's hissed a few times but otherwise he's rather the quiet type. very very small though about half the size of a cat. bloodcurdling? no i don't believe I've had the pleasure of hearing that yet thankfully. well I've already put out the live traps and hopefully judgement comes at dawn. thanks for the response!
     
  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

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    Predator proof your pen. The little guy, though cute, is seeking food and shelter. They will tear in your food, eat your eggs, and reach through wire and pull off your chickens' head. Not to mention their feces are loaded with chicken loving parasites. So do your job and protect your chickens. No, you don't have to kill him, but beef up your coops.

    Here's some information for you:
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct...hickens.html&usg=AOvVaw3Yfg7bplK6sLZm9tIZZQv3
     
  5. Fairview01

    Fairview01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First reason the opossum should be destroyed is because they are not a native species of North America. They were brought over from Europe. Other than vehicles I don't know of any predator that eats them. They have such repulsive stink on them that of caught in a leg hold trap, unless the trap is reboiled nothing will get close to it except another opossum. Thirdly not only do you enjoy your tazty chickens, they destroy game bird nests.

    They are the most nasty foulest smelling worthless fur bearing animal in the world. I dont like opossums.
     
  6. Dayrel

    Dayrel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mr. Snaggles is hungry, not friendly. Possums have a legitimate place in nature, but not around chickens you want to preserve.
     
  7. RollTideChicken

    RollTideChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The small ones are worse mainly because they can fit through even smaller holes. If an opossum gets in your coop you will have dead chickens. Even at his small size he can easily kill adult chickens. Chickens don't see well, if at all, in the dark. Opossum on the other can see quite well in pitch black and this gives them a huge advantage. I eliminate them on contact. But if you are inclined to a more peaceful resolution...totally your call. But if you trap him, better make sure you are allowed to relocate without breaking any laws.
     
  8. Dayrel

    Dayrel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is apparent, but they actually have a very beneficial aspect. They are major consumers of ticks and help to hold down the spread of Lyme disease. They also eat grubs, mice and other problem critters.
    Opposums- Killers of ticks
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Are you sure of the vocalizations ? All that I have ever heard them do is hiss.

    OP, given the opportunity they will eat your birds.
     
  10. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Flock Master

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    I heard and saw one late at night screaming.
     
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