ground hogs!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kprhok, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. kprhok

    kprhok Out Of The Brooder

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    I noticed a ground hog making a direct line toward my new chickyard which is not really secure at the moment. He saw me standing there and did a quick about-face.

    I am wondering if groundhogs are a threat to chickens, eggs, or both.

    I just joined and haven't had time to browse through the threads to see if this has already been addressed.

    Comments appreciated...[​IMG]
     
  2. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope, groundhogs are completely vegetarian. The worst they may do is borrow under the fence to try to get at the feed.
     
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    Ground hogs have always been vegetarians in my yard. They like to eat some of the weeds in my country lawn. [​IMG]

    The problem with ground hogs is that they dig. They will often dig a tunnel next to and under buildings. They can cause structural or security issues for a coop or run. Or, they may cause no problem at all. If they don't cause a problem with a building, I take a live and let live approach, here. If they do cause a problem with a building, then they have to go.

    If people have horses, I'm sure they need to worry about the holes, too.
     
  4. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Not a threat to the chickens but if you would rather they weren't there, castor oil put down in their tunnels reportedly repels them.
    JJ
     
  5. Rte.66_chicks

    Rte.66_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't add anything, just wanted to welcome you!
     
  6. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ground hogs.. dig holes and carry fleas... the fleas on groundhogs have been known to carry diseases (bad ones) i would not let them OVER populate..
     
  7. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Given the chance, groundhogs will dig in mounds or rises away from livestock. Often an entrance will begin at the base of a mature tree or stump. They hate dogs and will attack them, and will discourage foxes and coyotes from visiting your property. They may be visiting for a helping from your garden or for some pellets that are scattered on snow or on a pile. Generally they won't trouble you provided your coop is not on the rise they like. If you ever spot one of their many entrances to the tunnel complex you can use Dri-Kill or food-grade DE to assist them with any skin parasites, but the ones I've seen here are very clean and healthy. Since we are on sandy loam, they love it here, but they avoid areas that host heavy livestock, thank good ness. They'll be quite active now that the days are lengthening in the northern hemisphere. [​IMG]
    Some info-

    http://www.pgc.state.pa.us/pgc/cwp/view.asp?a=458&q=150839
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2009
  8. kprhok

    kprhok Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for all the feedback and links to groundhog information.
     
  9. HappyHatch'en

    HappyHatch'en Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC.....great to have you....in the next two months you will be surprised on the knowledge you can receive....and in return you will help others as well....
    HappyHatch'en
     
  10. HappyHatch'en

    HappyHatch'en Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC.....great to have you....in the next two months you will be surprised on the knowledge you can receive....and in return you will help others as well....
    HappyHatch'en
     

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