I need advice on dealing with a big fat murderous raccoon!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by DrTom, Jun 15, 2011.

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  1. DrTom

    DrTom In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    The last few nights we've been getting a meat bird picked off picked off per night by what I assumed was a raccoon.
    So I put electric wire around the coop and boarded up the shed well. While these murders were quite an annoyance,
    I wasn't crazy upset because it was just a few "meaties" and not one of my sweet little 9-week pullets. We keep our
    pullets in a separate little coop outside in the run.

    Last night around 11:30, I decided to just go out and check on the "kids." I wish I would have prepared myself
    physically and mentally for an encounter with what had been killing my birds. I went into the run and there was the
    biggest fattest raccoon I had ever seen. The only thing I could think to do was yell and swear at it at the top of my
    lungs. I scared the crap out of him and he ran head-first into the fence. Then he ran right past me and head-first into
    the other fence before finally climbing out and scampering away. If I had been prepared at least mentally, I probably
    would have punted that jerk right off the ground and smashed its head with the rock that was right next to me.

    I thought I had the little coop boarded up well, but that jerk weaseled his way in and chewed off the leg of one of
    my barred rock pullets through the chicken wire. I found her this morning laying in the coop with her foot gone and her
    thigh bone completely bare. She seemed to be saying "help me" and it broke my heart to take the ax to her to put her
    out of her misery and I am still pretty shaken up by it.

    My question is...what is the best way to deal with this raccoon. I was thinking that I could either stake out in the run
    tonight with a shotgun ...or... I was also thinking that maybe I would stuff the carcass of his latest victim full of rat poison
    and leave it out in the run after all the birds are put away for the night.

    What do you guys think I should do?
  2. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Crowing

    Sorry, that's a rotten thing to come across and also to have to put down an injured hen.

    Racoon's are incredibly strong and will rip thru just about anything to get in. Your best long term defense is hardware cloth/welded wire on your pens, coon proof latches, electric fence. Sometimes a problem animal may need to be trapped and disposed of but I've had excellent results with the beefed up coops/runs and electric fencing. Dogs are a big help too.
  3. prairiehen74369

    prairiehen74369 Songster

    May 7, 2010
    north east oklahoma
    NO RAT POISON!! Set a live trap bait it with a can of tuna that has been opened just enough to let the fishy smelling juice run out more temptation than a coon can resist then after catching him I'm assuming it is a him you can relocate him .....or what ever we've caught many coons in our live trap with this bait and the what ever was my choice of getting rid of them.
  4. Hoss1975

    Hoss1975 Songster

    Feb 14, 2011
    north central Indiana
    I would do a stakeout,you caught him red handed last night,just go out prepared tonight [​IMG].
  5. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Can I ask you what the damage looked like on your meat birds? I lost a duck last night. all my birds free range, and the coop door was open. The ducks usually sleep outsid the coop, and this is where i found the dead duck. The predator, whatever it was ( I am suspecting coon) only took the one duck, when there was literally a whole smorgasborg to choose from and feast on. so, I am trying to figure out what took my duck.

    I'll tell you that I did go out and buy a live trap which I will be setting up tonight, and the Ruger .22 and I will be ready for it to come back.
  6. DrTom

    DrTom In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    Quote:Two of the meat birds were eaten little by little starting with its foot through the chain-linked fence. What a miserable way to go! Another one was eaten without the fence's protection because I got back late from my cousin's Friday night high school graduation ceremony. The birds leg meat and all of it's innards were gone...and that was a good sized Freedom Ranger...about ready to be slaughtered. None of the killings really looked too similar to me except for the ones that were attacked through the fence and not killed. They both were missing one leg with the thigh meat gone and the thigh bone broken and hanging out. Both I had to put down with the ax.
  7. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Songster

    Quote:Agree with the trap and choice of bait. However, shoot and dump, don't relocate it. But, you said the key phrase that always equals raccoon problems, CHICKEN WIRE!!! Get better wire and for your coop/run and that will take care of a lot of it.
  8. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    Always have a rake or shovel by the coop. Great for controlling aggressive roosters and dispatching the odd critter. Set some traps.
  9. Newbie in Screamer Al

    Newbie in Screamer Al Chirping

    Jan 11, 2011
    Live trap with shotgun follow-up. I agree with the no poison. Other animals and birds will eat off the poisoned coon and die as well. And I also agree with re doing your run and coop with 14 ga. hardwire, no larger then 1x2. Its pricey, but you and your birds will sleep easy for a long time. Sorry for your loss......
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2011
  10. DrTom

    DrTom In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    Quote:We have two pitch forks in the shed...where I was just seconds before entering the run. I wish I would have grabbed one on my way out. I could have taken care of the problem then and there.
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