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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bobbi-j, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    One less raccoon to grow up and harass my chickens. Today, as we were walking down the driveway, my dog Ruger (aka "The Booger") dropped the ball he was carrying and moseyed off into an overgrown patch of apple trees. Seconds later, I heard the distinctive squeal of a young raccoon. Yep, Booger had found it and was doing his duty. Good dog! When I heard the squeal, I turned back and saw another one scampering up a tree. I knew they were there - I'd heard them chittering in the trees a week or so ago. My chickens like to hang out in that area, and it's not too far from their coop. We'll have to work on eradicating the rest of them somehow, I suppose. We are comfortable with trapping and dispatching. No relocating for us! (By the looks of it, the raccoon was probably 1/3-1/2 grown - not huge, but definitely past that super cute stage. Yes, I think baby raccoons are adorable. That does not mean I will rescue one, try to raise one, or stop my dog from killing one. Those cute babies turn into troublesome, ferocious adults.)

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  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    On the way out to lock chickens up for the night, Ruger took off again for the "Coon Tree". This time I heard some serious growling (not from the dog). By the time I caught up, though, the growling had stopped, and the dog was trying to figure out how to get up the tree. He must have come across Mama Coon and she retreated. I have a feeling he's going to harass them until he gets another one, or maybe she'll take her offspring and move on.
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Ruger has not shown any interest in that area since the night before last, so I'm hoping Mama coon and her family has moved on.
     
  4. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Awesome dog....good boy Booger!!

    By the way...I do enjoy your posts that I come across in the threads.

    Enjoy the day!
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Thanks, Rock Home! I enjoy your posts as well.
     

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