I hate raccoons

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by GwenReaper, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. GwenReaper

    GwenReaper Songster

    Sep 7, 2009
    Memphis, TN
    So this morning I went outside and saw that something had gotten ahold of a pair of chickens I had in a breeding cage. Took one away completely and decapitated the other. I was so sad. They were such beautiful sweet birds. I feel like I left them out in the open. They were in a cage but I guess the raccoons could easily grab at them through the bars. [​IMG]

    So I have a live trap set outside my coop tonight. I plan on disposing of the raccoon so they will never kill any of my chickens again. He will probably die of lead poisoning. I had someone tell me to use marshmellows in the cage. Is that good bait for a raccoon?
  2. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Songster

    Feb 11, 2010
    Bat Cave, NC
    So sorry for your loss....

    I always use canned cat food (the cheap brand) and it never fails to work.

    Of course, once in the trap, they NEVER leave it alive....
  3. mlorne

    mlorne In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2010
    Canned corn. Put the kernels in a small dish in the cage and spread the juice all around the cage to get the scent into the air.
  4. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Quote:Fresh ear of corn is good too kina shuck it a little bit and scrape it down the side of the cage to bruise the kernels make it smell like corn a little bit. Molasses is my favorite bait for coon and grey fox I have never caught a companion animal using it marshmallows offer eye appeal as well as a coupla handful of feathers or egg shells. I always dig a hole in the ground put my bait in the hole place the trap over the hole centering the trigger over the bait then either put a coupla flat cinder blocks on top of the trap or stake the trap down in opposite corners with re rod stakes to keep the critter from flipping the trap. good luck .
  5. Tiss

    Tiss Songster

    May 8, 2010
    Quote:I've seen a coon out by my stream each of the last two days. I have a trap and am planning to set it up tonight. What's the best way to dispose of the coon once he's trapped?

    I'm so sorry for your loss, Gwen.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2010
  6. chuckzoo

    chuckzoo Songster

    Apr 20, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    Sorry about your birds.

    Good luck - I hope you catch it!
  7. willheveland

    willheveland Songster

    Jan 29, 2008
    southern tier,NY
    For coon I like to use a small half of a sardine(the kind in oil),piece of peppermint candy,marshmellow, even a piece of rine from a cantalope will work. keep me posted. good luck Will
  8. Tiss

    Tiss Songster

    May 8, 2010
    I'm just worried about what to do with him once I've caught him. Animal Control isn't open until 9am Monday morning and I don't want to shoot my trap. I also don't want to let him out then try to shoot him and risk getting bitten.

    Guess I'll just stick him in the shade and make him wait til Monday. [​IMG]
  9. bandbaustin

    bandbaustin Songster

    May 21, 2009
    Valparaiso, IN
    filll garbage can with water, place whole trap in can. Wait for bubbles to stop and then a little longer to make sure. Dispose of animal in trash. At least that is what I have read
  10. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress 9 Years

    Quote:There really are more humane ways to deal with this. [​IMG] So sorry for your losses. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2010

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