opossum help

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by animallover2202, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. kill it

    8 vote(s)
  2. catch it and set it free far away

    0 vote(s)
  1. animallover2202

    animallover2202 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2012
    Buck Creek IN
    i have an opossum thats scaring my chickens and I'm scared that its going to attack my chickens how do i catch it and do i have the rights to shot it??
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2012
  2. gpwelding1

    gpwelding1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2011
    upstate south carolina
    im not sure what state you are in,but to be safe check with your local wildlife dept on the laws.
    here in s.c. it would have been dead the first time i saw it.they WILL kill chickens!
  3. animallover2202

    animallover2202 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2012
    Buck Creek IN
    ok my little sisters friend said she seen it close to my dog hissing and then she said she seen it close to my chickens and the her brother said he beat it with a stick (i haven't seen it) but I'm worried because our chickens will lay anywhere they want and i think the eggs drew the opossum close or some thing
  4. I would kill it. I did a few mths ago when I found one sleeping next to my house in the back one day when I was doing some yard work. My chickens free range in that area. So of course I took care of it.
  5. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    I've had several possums near all of my flocks. They've yet to bother anyone. However, I hear on here often people losing their flocks to them. You would have the right to shoot the animal if it is endangering your fowl. If you do choose to catch it and plan to release please check with your Local Fish and Game to see their policies on releasing in your area. They may even pick him to release him for you.
  6. animallover2202

    animallover2202 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2012
    Buck Creek IN
    im thinking of catching it and killing it hope that dont seem mean
  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    If you are confinedent in your coop and the birds roost up and away from where oppossum can reach, then critter is of no consequence. Living such a critter might make you lax when a more problematic raccoon visits. Either make certain your housing is very varmint resistant or adopt habit of dispatching. I keep livestrap out at all times because the real troublemakers often visit a couple nights running before they get into your birds. They are often attracted to sweet smell of uneaten feed,
  8. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    I had over 20 possums and 20 coons that I caught in a years time. Just started catching them after I set the trap for a groundhog. They never bothered my chickens in the 2-3 years I had the hens,BUT I know they could so I got rid of them.The risk of harm to the flock AND the overload of all that parasite filled feces in my yard made it any easy choice.

    Relocation is a hassle and you could get fined if someone makes the efforts to report/find you.It is a risk but some take it.BTDT myself.Best wishes whatever you decide.
  9. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2007
    Fair Oaks, California
    Personally, i wouldn't take any chances. We had a possum hanging about our yard last year. Kept chasing it off. Then came out one morning to find it tangled in the aviary netting over a coop on our back porch. My husband dispatched it with a pellet gun. i always thought we would hear if there was a predator in our yard, since the pens are right off the back of our house, and we keep our windows open at night. But we never heard any commotion, and our goats were just standing there quietly watching it.

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