One Less Opossum.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by nightcap, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. nightcap

    nightcap Out Of The Brooder

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    I usually have to get to sleep before dark so I have my son lock up the chickens once they hit the sack. I even reminded the Mrs to Remind him last night because I had a hunch something was going to make an appearance. They forgot to do it so at 2:30 in the morning I was awoken by the racket only my chickens can make. I got a great shot off from my bedroom window.
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Good shooting! Hope your chickens are all ok.
     
  3. ChickenTender63

    ChickenTender63 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Must have been a night for possums to be out on the prowl last night. I
    Woke up at 12:30 last night with the feeling that something was wrong
    And that I needed to go check on the chickens.

    I have a 10'x12' shed converted into a nursery where I put chicks and raise them till
    Thay are big enough to go to the hen house. Right now, I have it full of rare
    Breed chickens that I have been trying to get started. Right outside of it
    Is a tree and grapevines that my "yardbirds" roost in. They are 3 roosters
    And 3 hens that always refuse to stay within the coops so I just let em run.

    I went out with my spotlight and I started shining it around the nursery house,
    And when I shined it in the tree and started counting my 6 yardbirds, I noticed
    A possum was within a foot of one of emn with his mouth wide open and looked
    Like he was ready to lunge. I picked up a pole I had there and started beatin him
    As he ran up the tree and got away. I need to get a 22 for nights like those.

    I checked bout every hour the rest of the night and everyone did fine. I left
    The light on in the nursery and put a radio on out there also to help deter
    Him from coming back. I know I was just lucky, and my time is coming,
    But I'm sure not gonna just let em have a free dinner.
     
  4. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool, was he on the way out or on the way in? ( Good stories by the way.) I've heard here that they definitely do get chickens. I lost one a few months ago, eaten right in their yard (I was out of town). I've never had anything but a possum in the coop so I'm assuming that's what it was. I had some vet tell me awhile back possums don't get chickens (I guess he don't have chickens).
     
  5. nightcap

    nightcap Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:The Opossums seem to go after the eggs more but have attacked my chickens I think. I found a LOT of feathers after a possum visit. What I'm really afraid of are the Raccoons. One actually grabbed a chicken drug it over a fence and started to eat it alive. A pellet gun seems just to tick them off. It did drop the chicken and run off though.
     
  6. nightcap

    nightcap Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I'm glad you caught the son of a gun in the act. (or before the act) It's nice to see others get that hunch that something is up.
     
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  7. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Glad it didn't do any harm.

    I had one come to close last night,

    RIP Missy

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  8. nightcap

    nightcap Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Good Dogs!
     
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