Look what DD found sleeping in the trash can...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by eggchel, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The last couple nights we had spotted a baby possum just outside the house. Today, there it was, napping in the trash not 8 feet from a brooder full of chicklets and juveniles. It must have climbed up the construction fencing that was leaning against the can and couldnt get back out. When we found it, it was curled up and sound asleep. I suggested that we just put a hose in the can and give it swimming lessons, but DD (the spider rescuer) won out, so she has driven it off to find it a new home. Im setting the trap now, cuz where there is one baby..... there are plenty more and soon they'll be big enough to kill my chickens and ducks. This one is tiny but the last couple that I trapped were the size of a cat. Now, where's that bag of marshmallows.....

    Chel
    Im a little embarrassed by how filthy that trash can is LOL. That is the one we keep next to the outside sink on the patio. We toss broken eggs in there and dump out dirty feeders from the brooder and cage trays, etc.

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  2. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

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    Way to go DD! [​IMG] Saving that baby's life!!!
     
  3. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Chel, I know a good spot in the middle of I-880 northbound that would make a good home (2nd lane from the left). [​IMG]
     
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Quote:Trust me, it's already big enough to kill your chickens & ducks.
    The reason you found it in the trash can is because they look for the easiest meal possible, probably smelled egg in the can.
     
  5. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Chel, I know a good spot in the middle of I-880 northbound that would make a good home (2nd lane from the left).

    LOL, I know that spot! It would be perfect!! But Nooooooooo, she took it down to the River about two miles away. [​IMG] Oh well, she cant help it, she is a sweetheart, not like us ole meanies!

    Trust me, it's already big enough to kill your chickens & ducks.
    The reason you found it in the trash can is because they look for the easiest meal possible, probably smelled egg in the can.

    Im sure you're right, rooster-red, I lost a fine fine silkie not too long ago to a nasty possum that wasnt even full grown.
    Hey, maybe I should use eggs to bait the trap? Ive been using cat food and marshmallows.

    Chel​
     
  6. Hellebore

    Hellebore Out Of The Brooder

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    Two of my teenage daughter volunteer weekly at a wildlife rescue facility close to our home, and they have a whole passel of baby possums that they are raising to let go in the wild. Amazing. My girls tell me that they have them under a lid to a small dog kennel and they all pile in there together and when you lift the lid up they all tumble down, with a lot of hissing and baring of teeth. Creepy little animals, but with a right to their lives when possible.
     
  7. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I feel that way about raccoons...
    I would have probably relocated it too, to the middle of route 3...even though it looks like they do fine becoming road kill all by themselves.
     
  8. JenniferJoIN

    JenniferJoIN Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think possums are some of the ugliest creatures... and so mean! I've always been an animal lover, but those things are really hard to feel sorry for! (And lord help them if I ever find them near my chickens!)
     
  9. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    even though it looks like they do fine becoming road kill all by themselves.

    You don't say:

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    POSS: #206 from my ongoing asphalt stratigraphy series (just carry the camera when I'm out picking up trash from the ditches along the road)​
     
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    That is a great pic!!!
     

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