My 1st opposum ordeal

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by tx_dane_mom, May 18, 2008.

  1. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    Just shot my 1st 'possum a few mins ago. Husband says they would kill my chickens...that's the only reason I killed it....what do they do?
     
  2. babyboy1_mom

    babyboy1_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    528
    0
    149
    Apr 13, 2008
    Louisiana
    Exactly the same thing that you did. I have a bad problem with them here.

    Dorothy
     
  3. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

    621
    1
    151
    Mar 6, 2008
    East Tennessee
    I think the moderators should give out something like stars or points [​IMG] for the ones that remove predators. Of course some on this forum wouldnt like it I'm sure. [​IMG] Lets see..... Opossum=5, Weasels=10, Raccoons=20, Fox=15, Coyote=15, Raptors=10, Owls=15 and anyone can add to this I'll leave it open...........
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2008
  4. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    No I meant what will a possom do to a chicken?
    And I didn't WANT to kill it...it's a funny story in the end..took 3 bullets to take 'em out. I was ok w/him digging in my garden (so my husband could do the dead in the next few days) but as soon as he said "He'll kill your chickens" it was ON.
     
  5. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

    621
    1
    151
    Mar 6, 2008
    East Tennessee
    They will kill your chickens!! They will drag them right off the roost! Opossums are nasty, [​IMG] I've seen several in an old dead cow carcass. They have razor sharp teeth too.
     
  6. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Possums, skunks, raccoons and myriad other predators will kill your chickens. They'll kill more than they can eat, often. And keep coming back.
    Better to shoot it than risk your chickens being hurt. Now that you've seen them in your yard, give the coop/run a thorough going over for any way a predator could get in. [​IMG]

    Carla
     
  7. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    Atleast he was in my garden which was on the opposite side of the yard, but I will check on my birds in the a.m. There are ways they can get in if they REALLY want to. But thankfully I have dogs to alert me that there's something wrong.
    But, I know now to keep an ear out b/c I bet if there's one, there's more....
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by