I got him

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ilovechickens, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. ilovechickens

    ilovechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After losing 6 chickens (2 layers, and 4 sixteen week old chicks) I set a live trap. The first two nights the food was gone, and the trap was sprung with no critter, so I went a purchased a larger trap and wrapped it with 1/4 inch hardware cloth and set it with cheese and apples, and when I went out to let the chickens out I checked the trap which is right behing and butted up against the coop with the chickens and there in it is a raccoon. I don't know if this is the critter that killed my chickens considering that two chicks were left dead in the middle of the pen, and the other two were taken. But it is a beginning :wee
     
  2. purr

    purr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2008
    east freetown, ma
    good job.

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  3. kees

    kees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    Yay! What did you do with it afterwards?
     
  4. ilovechickens

    ilovechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't have much of a choice but to dispose of him. If I could of relocated him, I would of, but he was digging by the coop. I couldn't risk loosing any more chickens.[​IMG]
     
  5. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congratulations...Just make sure you keep the trap set a while to make sure there isn't another one around.
     
  6. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    May be more...coons seem to group together and PLAN! lol Good to know you got him [​IMG]
     
  7. ilovechickens

    ilovechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I set the trap last night and baited it with cheese and apples, and when I went out this morning to let out the chicken, [​IMG] there was another one quite a bit larger than the first one. Also I saw two red foxes running up the fence line, I am trying to figure out how to trap them. It looks like a male and female. Any suggestions:confused:
     
  8. kees

    kees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    You might want to clean the trap with some diluted bleach in case of rabies...sometimes if a predator smells another animal that is caught it will avoid the trap...[​IMG]
     

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