My dog treed a raccoon this afternoon!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by they'reHISchickens, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our 100# dog Cleo has been barking unusually often the past two days. I've been hushing her, but this afternoon, cold and sleeting as it was, i gave up and opened the door for her. She zoomed out and I had just enough time to see her chase a large grey/brown varmint behind the house. By the time I grabbed my coat and followed, she had treed a large raccoon! DH got the firearm and dispensed with the varmint. It was no less than 20 feet from our front door and the open chicken coop when Cleo chased it! In Broad Daylight.... albeit steady rain/sleet. Chickens had ranged in the trees there yesterday but today had stuck much closer to their coop.
    Now we all know mice come in pairs. Do raccoons?
    ps... Cleo, we love you!
     
  2. crazy huhn

    crazy huhn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they do. We had 3 on our roof last spring. Thank God they did not stay very long!!!
     
  3. SarahBeth9394

    SarahBeth9394 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of dog is Cleo?

    Our dogs tree squirrels all the time. It's funny as heck because the squirrels will start chirping and spitting squirrel obscenities at the dogs. They'll get down the trunk and a foot away from the tree and the dog just sits there and waits. Then pow chases it back up the tree. I've woken up several times at 7am to a squirrel shouting at the dogs.
     
  4. patman75

    patman75 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Good dog.

    And yes when there is one there is usually 2,3,4... etc.

    I caught a raccon in the act of eating the chicken food since it could not get to the chickens in my chicken tractor. But he was not alone, there was 4 of them.
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    If you see one raccoon, you can count on at least 1 to 4 more.
     
  6. 2chickenrich

    2chickenrich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good DOG fire up the grill if you dont like coon the DOG will love it and be looking for more
     
  7. ellieroo

    ellieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours treed 3 in one night and they are gone now! We killed 6 in two weeks and on and on they go! We have learned the " Look Look a coon in the tree" bark.The last time she had them up 3 diffeent trees![​IMG]
     
  8. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good cheap way to up your protein for the chooks and lower your feed bill at the same time! [​IMG] Give Cleo a good hunk roasted and give the chooks the body gutted. They will clean it out. My 24 can consume a large cabbage in 30 min. That dead coon would not last over a day in my run. Bet they would eat the eyes first. [​IMG] I would do the same thing if I caught a snake too. Why wste good protein that has fallen into your lap so to speak?
     
  9. Ibicella

    Ibicella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a good idea, Overrun! I've bnever had coon, myself but I'm getting interested to try it. For you folks that eat racoons and possums, is there any diseases that humans, dogs, or chickens have to worry about getting from the COOKED meat?
     
  10. mxpres

    mxpres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I been eating coon for 45 years,,baked,roasted,stewed,good eatin,, [​IMG]
     

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