I caught a possum!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by MRNpoultry, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    I went out to check my traps and there was a big possum in it [​IMG]. Are they a threat to chickens? What should I do with him? This is my second one but the first one was only a small one.
  2. newnanchic

    newnanchic Songster

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    They will eat your eggs!!! I don't know about the chickens. We have caught 2 and we just took them about a mile down the road and let them go.
  3. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    The last one we caught we just let him go. But I want to make sure he ain't going to cause trouble. We got him about 100 to 150 yds away from the coop.
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    We have possums that come up on our porch to eat the cats food, in the 2 years that I've had chickens no possums have ever even been in the run, much less the coop.

    They choose to eat the cat food because its easier to get that to try and kill something.

  5. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    Where getting ready to let him out, if we catch a racoon that a different story. I'll post once we get him out.
  6. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Songster

    Apr 8, 2007
    We have had one or two in our run WITH THE CHICKENS> Never even touch the bantams. Eggs are a different story!
  7. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    We are going to let him go farther away from the house probaly. I think one of my hen might be getting ready to broody so I don't wan't him messing with her eggs.
  8. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    I have heard they will hurt chickens but don't know anyone, personally, who has had that happen. They do LOVE eggs, however. I am almost afraid to admit this here, but I actually HAVE opossums. Bottle raised babies who's mother was hit by a car (my mother and I split 4 between our houses). Found out the hard way that once you raise them, in Arkansas, you are required to keep them for life (nope, can't even find a good home for one). [​IMG] So, I have a HUGE soft spot for the little guys. And I honestly can't picture one KILLING something, even with those HUGE fangs.

    Just had to edit and add a pic. [​IMG] This is my middle son and Topaz (my favorite possum kid).
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2008
  9. MRNpoultry

    MRNpoultry Songster

    Mar 2, 2008
    Gibsonville, NC
    We decided not to kill him since he was far away from the chicken coop. We just let him go a little bit ago.
  10. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    I cant possums all the time but , I think they are cute, and most of them were mum's with babies

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