How to deal with raccoons.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Nyfarmer30802, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. Nyfarmer30802

    Nyfarmer30802 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2017
    Just wondering how everybody else deals with a coon problem... Personally I always used a trap. or I would sit out there with a high-powered air rifle
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    A secure coop and run for the overnight hours when such predators are most likely to be active has always worked for me.
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Trap often and secure well ventilated coops.

    The Duke dog proof leg traps work very well.

    I haven't found anything less than a .22 long hollow point to be effective.
  4. TinyBirds

    TinyBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2009
    We live adjacent to a wildlife preserve and the raccoons hunt both day and night here. I used to have 50ft by 50 ft daytime covered pens with secure wood nighttime coops, but raccoons came midday many times and wiped us out by getting into the covered pens. I had hawks get stuck twice too and had to rescue hawks out of the nets. So now we have large chicken tractors made with metal pipe and covered in 16 gauge 1/2"×1/2" nylon coated galvanized wire and an apron around the bottom that folds up when i put the wheels on to move them. So far so good but only time will tell if the raccoons get in there. I sometimes joke we should start a zoo and charge entry to see raccoons. We could trap them (used to get one a day) and put them in a big cage like in a zoo. Just kidding but I just think its funny to imagine doing that. If we ever need something to eat for survival the raccoons should provide for us quite awhile. I've known people that do eat them.
  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    I think the responses have pretty much covered the normal gamut of what people do.

    If you can legally dispense with them, that honestly is the best way. Once they have a successful dinner, they will return again and again.

    It is illegal to catch and release here where I live, but legal to catch and dispense if on owner property for the sake of livestock.

    The absolute best defense is lock up tight and prevent as much temptation as you can. Then dispense with those who persist.

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  6. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2016
    A tight coop that protects them at night..........


    It's not like they don't's just that they can't get in.........


    Then an electric fence that protects them during the day.


    I have coons galore. I don't trap them.....don't shoot em. I don't have any use for a dead one, so I leave them alone. So I go for protection they can't get past. If I did trap and shoot em, those educated in defeat would be replaced by a new bunch that would have to educated, so shoot'n and trap'n would be a never ending problem.

    Aside from the tight coop, that electric fence is the great equalizer. It keeps chickens in and varmints out.
  7. Nyfarmer30802

    Nyfarmer30802 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2017
    I have found that the air rifles really effective. I have a Benjamin marauder .25 cal pre-charged pneumatic its quiet and powerful. I've never done it but I have seen it take down deer. also trapping and shooting are effective but should not be the only tool in the tool box. A secure pen and trapping and shooting work best. The shooting and trapping keeps the population down and the secure coop keeps the ones that do out.
  8. Millworker26

    Millworker26 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 25, 2016
    SE PA
    Dukes dog proof snare baited with marshmallow. Followed by .22 round. Simple pimple as my daughter would say.
  9. robandkim

    robandkim New Egg

    Feb 21, 2017
  10. robandkim

    robandkim New Egg

    Feb 21, 2017
    Do you think this would take down a bobcat? I cannot shoot my regular firearms because I live in a city limits but a powerful air rifle is legal and I am willing to use that. Thanks

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