Ok, so it is a corn predator... but still a predator!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by melodie_a, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. melodie_a

    melodie_a Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Something is eating our corn right off the stalk. Does anyone have any idea what could be doing this to the corn? We have never seen this before. We couldn't find any tracks at all and most of the ears that are eaten are the lower ears.

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    Sorry for the crappy pics but I loaned my good camera to someone to use for graduation pics and I haven't gotten it back yet so all I had were my cell phone.
     
  2. Two Creeks Farm

    Two Creeks Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coons will strip corn bare.

    Didnt ya ever see Old Yeller:p
     
  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Could be coon, rabbit or any other short critter. The heigth of the damage give you a heigth of the critter since a corn stalk is too weak to climb
     
  4. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

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    looks like you may have a few hungry rabbits to me [​IMG]
     
  5. melodie_a

    melodie_a Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wondered if it could be rabbits. We have several rabbits that live fairly close to the garden. We just have never seen rabbits do this before. They usually take out the salad mix and some of their other favorites. We also wondered if it could be squirrels. We have boatloads of squirrels.We haven't had them attack the corn before. We have never seen a coon in our yard and the garden is right in front of the chicken coop so I am praying that coons haven't come to visit. That was my biggest concern because I know how dangerous they are to the chickens. I sure don't want to come out to find coon damage to the girls. I am ordering a wildlife cam today so I can see what is roaming around out there at night!
     
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2011
  6. mjuenem

    mjuenem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our squirrels will gnaw a stalk till it falls over and then eat the ears. Funniest thing I ever saw was a squirrel holding a ear like a cigar and trying to climb way up in a tree! He finally dropped it from great height.
     
  7. fishman65

    fishman65 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a good game cam is what is needed.....one pic and the mystery will be solved and you will know how to go about trapping and getting rid of the mystery predator.....
     
  8. Delmar

    Delmar Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:They sure will! I had my entire garden planted in sweet corn one year and the raccoons got it all!
     

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