had to kill a raccoon in our tree

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ruby, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2008
    Gold Hill, Alabama
    My youngest came home just in time to see a raccoon climbing the tree to get the guineas. Larry and Moe live in the tree out side of the chicken pen. They prefer it up there. It's higher and they free range all day while the chickens are penned up. It was a quick climber, almost got the birds. But husband shot him and he went off into the woods. Sorry mother nature, had to protect my flock. ruby
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    How do you know he shot him if he went off into the woods?

    Sounds to me like he scared him off... for the time being.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yeah, I'd set out some traps. He'll be back. If he ran off, probably didn't get him too good.
  4. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2008
    Gold Hill, Alabama
    I didn't see him after he fell out of the tree when my ole man shot him.But I think it might be a good idea to set one tomorrow night. My husband used a 410 he bought for me a couple of years ago. He is shot (three times w/birdshot) but ran into the woods when we started to look for him. One guinea fell out of the tree also, so I was more interested in making sure the bird was not shot too. My house in the middle of the woods, critters are not unusual here. The other guinea just stayed in the tree with his head under his wing! ruby
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Yeah, I bet he'll be back. I don't know how well bird shot will penitrate though a coons winter coat. But not sure if your coons get a 3 inch thick winter coat where you are!
  6. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2008
    A .410 at close range should have flipped that coon out of the tree. That is what I use for close range varmit control. And by close range I mean 20 yards and under. It will leave a hole about a 1/2 inch in diameter.
  7. spook

    spook Chillin' With My Peeps

    If your birds live in a tree, the coon may not be the only preditor...owls. Owls love free food, great dinners and if its just the 'coon your worried about, placing a electric fence around the base of the tree or that stuff that looks a lot like sheep fence that is electric.
    Good for you and DH for shooting that dang thing, regardless to all of those that feel he is still alive...who knows, but for myself, I've never seen a lone coon. Grrrrrrrr!!

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