Groundhogs a threat?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by AMA Chick, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. AMA Chick

    AMA Chick Chirping

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    I'm working on 2 coops, one for silkies/showgirls, and one for easter eggers.

    When I was scrounging in the wood pile behind the equipment barn, I saw a groundhog go into a hole under the pile.

    This isn't very far from where the new coops will be. Should I be worried about the groundhog? Should I try to eliminate him before letting my chickens free range?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Trefoil

    Trefoil Songster

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    Groundhogs eat mostly vegetation, although they will also eat grubs and insects. They won't be a threat to your chickens.
     
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  3. Aschenfire

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    :hmm A groundhog? Yes...as trefoil said, they are not going to go after chickens of any sort.
     
  4. AMA Chick

    AMA Chick Chirping

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    Thanks, he will be allowed to stay then...
     
  5. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

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    Don't bother having a garden! They never bothered my hens,but destroyed my yard ,AND chewed a hole through my chainlink fence.
     
  6. CountryKitty

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    Do keep in mind that groundhogs, in digging their dens, can undermine the foundations of buildings. Also, females have been known to go after even adults while protecting their babies, and can certainly hurt a child.
     
  7. AMA Chick

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    Good reminder! I don't think it is hurting anything where it is, but I will double check!

    I gave up having a garden a long time ago! I hate pulling weeds:rolleyes:
     

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