groundhog, threat or not?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by CathyB, May 5, 2008.

  1. CathyB

    CathyB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, since we moved the coop to the area that it will stay in DH has been concentrating on getting the run poles dug in. Yesterday he comes in and tells me to look out back. He then informs me the groundhog I see is now living under the coop! How long did that take, I mean really! I told him this will not do since I am afraid for the chickens I will be getting. If anyone can prove me wrong, let me know. I did not know if maybe they are good at keeping other predators away and therefore he could stay. I would hate to kill him which I know most of you will say to do. DH tried to scare him off last night with the BB gun with no avail. He might move up to the real guns now.
     
  2. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

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    He may be a threat to your wood and your grass........but IMHO he isn't likely to go after the birds!
     
  3. CathyB

    CathyB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love all of God's creatures, just some a little less! If he is not going to hurt me, my family, or my chickens, then he can stay. If not, he has to go!
     
  4. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Woodchucks aren't a threat to your chickens at all. They can be prtective of their burrows, but I doubt your chickens will try to pick a fight with them. My only concern might be other animals going into the burrow...
     
  5. CathyB

    CathyB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would block the area where the run is so the chickens can't get under where the woodchuck is. He would be able to get out on the outside of the coop where there is no run and my hens will not be there. I was thinking he might be protective as far as not letting other predators under there which would be good. But if it is not then he still might have to go. [​IMG]
     
  6. nautical_bouy

    nautical_bouy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Break a leg or twist an ankle in a hidden hole you will wish the chuck wasn't there.
    She thought the one under the pole building was a cute sign of spring,,, untill our 8 year old son hit a new hole in the middle of his dirt bike path and did an endo and got banged up really good.
    They are destructive little guys.
     
  7. CathyB

    CathyB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh no! Hope your son was not too banged up! You are right, and I have weak ankles to begin with. Poor guy might have to move!
     
  8. willheveland

    willheveland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    live trap him or smoke him out and fill his hole back in then find him a new home. Will
     
  9. nautical_bouy

    nautical_bouy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    .300 Winchester found it a new home,,, as fertalizer.
     
  10. clawmute

    clawmute Out Of The Brooder

    If you leave one - or more - woodchucks (aka groundhogs) around you will live to regret it.

    they will;

    * dig holes, nice ones, for you or your other animals to step into. These holes will be used by snakes, rats and other predators once they are abandoned. Broken ankles are a distinct possibility with their holes in unmowed vegetation.

    * consume prodigious amounts of vegetable garden and ornamental plants.

    * undermine foundations, posts and etc.

    They accomplished all of the above for me. They were neutralized. [​IMG]

    No holes = good holes [​IMG]
     

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