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How do I kill this thing?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by LoganTW, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. I was wondering how to kill a mink, weasel, fox, coon, or possibly the cat that came here recently. Not sure which it is yet, but coons normally take eggs not birds, right? Anyways it has taken half the flock in three days, they are little, like they fully feathered a month ago, and I've tried closing the coop, and opening the coop, it doesn't matter what I do it takes a bunch at a time, I was thinking about spending the night there without sleeping to figure out what it was, but I don't have a hand gun, only shotguns and a broken rifle that I need to send to get fixed, so like I said, how do I kill it, I'd be willing to get a tarrier for Pete's sake! It's just I'm so far away from a breeder, or a rescue that has one, I might as well get a handgun, so basically how do I kill it without hurting my birds?

    Thanks a ton in advance!
     
  2. carlsaSC

    carlsaSC Chirping 6 Years

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    Secure your coop.
     
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  3. carlsaSC

    carlsaSC Chirping 6 Years

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    Weasels will kill as many as they can get to. Likewise a coon. Foxes will usually carry the carcass off to their den. Cat? Don't know about a cat, tame or feral.
     
  4. My coop is secure, I already know that, I'm asking how to kill it so it doesn't bother me or the other farmers later.
     
  5. 20736

    20736 Songster

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    goggle "weasel box trap" and "cubby trap set."

    hope this helps.
     
  6. CityFarmer202

    CityFarmer202 Chirping

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    I would reinforce your coop. Even if you kill one, another will come back. So sorry that this is happening to you! :( I moved awhile ago and in one night a raccoon opened my coop and let the chickens out making a free for all buffet for every predator in the neighbor hood. I lost 9 of my 10 chickens. now to keep my survivor and 2 new chickens safe, i totally fortified my coop and padlock it every night. Haven't lost another one thankfully. 3 years ago i was in the city and had 6 ducks and we couldn't shoot a gun in the city, so we trapped the coons that came around and relocated them. We literally relocated over 20 raccoon in a year and a half...more kept coming. Well hope this helped a little. Good luck!!!! :)
     
  7. I do plan on seeing where to fix where ever their coming in, but I also know that I kinda need a short term answer before I can do that because that takes a lot of time.
     

  8. Thanks!!! If I don't just go and get a handgun this week I'll make on of those!!!
     
  9. The Lazy L

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    I missing something here. If something is getting into the coop and killing chickens how can the coop be secured?
     
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  10. paprikash

    paprikash In the Brooder

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    I shoot pistols alot. I have been hunting for over 25 years. It would be complete luck if I hit a weasel with a pistol. Not saying you cant, but very few people in this world could. Likely to get a bullet bouncing off of something and hurting yourself or someone else.
    If I was stuck on the idea of shooting it I would recomend very light lead bird shot in a shotgun. I would attempt trapping before I tried to shoot the critter. You can even set the trap up at a safe distance and safe backstop and blast away the next day. I have several traps going right now to try and stop an unwanted killer.
     

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