Midnight murders

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Kay Crowe, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. Kay Crowe

    Kay Crowe Out Of The Brooder

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    Long, long story short, I found three birds this morning. One was only scattered feathers and a small section of vertebrae. Two were decapitated.
    What do you think I'm setting traps for? What, in Virginia, would slip a gap in a chain link fence (we have a 3' bird netting extension on the upper fence) and be big enough to devour a 4-5lb bird and would rip off heads for fun? Would a weasel be able to get out of a larger sized cage?
    I've been looking up local laws regarding trapping fox, racoon, possum and the like in town limits. Our options are limited to a trap and a barrel of water. It stinks, but I'd prefer it to a massacre of the other thirteen girls.
    Thanks.
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    I'm betting it was a raccoon. They are known to tear chickens to pieces, and can fit through seemingly impossibly small gaps. If you can fit a few fingers through a gap, a raccoon will be able to get their whole arm in.
     
  3. hayley3

    hayley3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read once that a raccoon can eat a huge amount of food each night so I agree, raccoon.
     
  4. gregaai

    gregaai Out Of The Brooder

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    What part of VA are you in?
     
  5. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think a weasel would eat that much, My money is on a raccoon.
     
  6. Kay Crowe

    Kay Crowe Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what I was thinking too. I've seen evidence of racoons in the yard before, handprints in the water dish and on one of my maple sap collection jugs last winter. I only asked about weasels because a friend of mine a few miles from here is having trouble with them and suggested it.
    The hunt is on.

    Long live the memory of Dumpling, my brave, intelligent, crowing rooster-hen. (Pictured left, kicking the crap out of my dog)
     

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