Just found a GOPHER family!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by spuetz07, May 17, 2010.

  1. spuetz07

    spuetz07 In the Brooder

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    I think they are gophers, I have to get a better look. Right behind the coop, and I think living under a cement boulder, lives a family of at least 7 gophers. That is what I just counted minutes ago. Are these pesky rodents a threat to my chickens? I am trying to get some pictures of them. I have one, but it is hard to see wht it looks like. I will post if I get a better photo. Not sure if I need to get rid of these guys immediately or not? They're pretty sneaky!! What do you think?
    TIA, Sarah
     
  2. millie481

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    I say just get rid of them! They are just a pest. If they are small enough you can let your flock have at them. Just the other day I found a nest of mice and managed to get three. I gave them to the to the girls and they love it! [​IMG] Great way to get rid ot them!
     
  3. bakerjw

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    I can see it now....
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  4. Gophers are real pests for gardeners and farmers, and as far as I know, they aren't beneficial in any way. Trap them, poison them, but get rid of them!
     
  5. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    If they aren't hurting you why hurt them? If they are damaging your chickens or killing them that is different. But they don't deserve to die just because a bunch of people don't like them.
     
  6. chickenjim64

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    I agree with writer of words, If there not harming your chickens, leave em alone..
     
  7. darbella

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    I also agree, too many people seem to be kill happy. Let them be.
     
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Yup..let them be! They wont bother the chickens at all...we have gophers here too.. its no big deal.
     
  9. Toast n Jelly

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    Quote:Agree as well.
     
  10. FiveHens

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    Quote:Yeah...treat your fellow creatures as you would like to be treated. If they really bother you, you should trap them and move them.
     

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