Injured Raccoon - What to do?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Lolliegee, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Lolliegee

    Lolliegee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw an injured raccoon this afternoon - odd because it was still light outside and doubly odd, because in the 2 1/2 years I've lived in this house, I've never seen any raccoons (or even in signs of them). This raccoon's tail was kinda hanging mostly off and obviously had an open sore on it's back. When I opened the back door, it just sat and stared at me (it was just across the yard). When I came all the way out, it walked along the fence, to the corner of the yard. When I stepped onto the grass, it climbed (painfully, you could tell) the fence and then sat there looking at me. I was headed to the chickens and when I got to the gate, I turned back and the raccoon was gone.

    This evening, my husband was looking out the back door and saw the motion light go on and there was the raccoon again, he didn't get a good look at it, but it would be too much of a coincidence to not be the same one. It ambled away when he opened the door.

    I'm afraid he may see my 2 young hens as an easy meal, especially since he's injured. I really don't want to see anything happen to them.

    I live in town on just a hair under a quarter acre. The coop is in a converted dog run and we only have chicken wire covering the original fence. The coop is pretty solidly built, but I'm wondering if my hook and eye latches are enough to keep out the raccoon. I can't afford to spend very much money at all right now, so any cheap suggestions would be extremely helpful.

    I'm also getting 7 chicks next month, so I want to make sure that once they're out of the brooder, they'll be safe.

    Thanks for your help. [​IMG]
     
  2. Orpingtonman

    Orpingtonman Chillin' With My Peeps

    if you have any extra chicken wire laying around, run it along the top and bottom edges, anywhere a seam is. Use zip ties (2.00 for 50 at walmart) to connect it. I just had an incident with a raccon that took one of my new hens so i had to tighten up then pen and run a little more. Hope this help and good luck
     
  3. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the wound looks non life threatening, leave it alone. If it looks like it is suffering and the wound will kill it, shoot the poor thing and put it out of its misery.
     
  4. wohneli

    wohneli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unless your chickens are illegal in your town I would call animal services. A wounded wild animal is dangerous and they may trap it and remove it for you. Good luck and keep those chickens safe!
     
  5. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:This sounds like a good plan.
     
  6. Poohbear

    Poohbear On a Time Out

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  7. first time farmer

    first time farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would shoot it to. I hate the little buggers.
     
  8. xke4

    xke4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If a raccoon is seen in the day in my area and is not afraid of humans, it most likely has distemper. Not sure about the incidence of raccoon rabies in your area. If it is severely injured, I agree, it should be put out of its misery if safe to do so. NEVER handle a raccoon dead or alive without wearing gloves, tho. I strongly urge you to Google "Raccoon Roundworm" and learn how deadly these little creatures and their feces can be. There is a 14 month old child near where I live that will never walk or see again from playing on his parents' balcony where raccoons frequented and did their business. It is thought that ALL raccoons carry this disease now.
     
  9. Splash_Guard

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    Raccoons are not the cute little critters as depicted in cartoons. They are vile, vicious, and destructive; consider them vermin. They are predators and will eat your chickies. I actually used to like them until moving to an area where I've found they continually destroy property.

    As suggested by xke4, you might want to read up on them before deciding to take it under your wing.
     
  10. Trollkiller

    Trollkiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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