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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by outback hatcher, Sep 19, 2010.
Will an opossum kill a chicken?
Possums are opportunistic, and will kill a chicken if they are hungry and the chicken is easy. I would not say they are a major predator. They are much more of a danger to eggs and cat food.
Most definitely yes. I speak from sad experience. They will keep pulling hens off the roost, biting them and continue on until they finally get one that doesn't get away. I finally shot the one that attacked last Feb. And I beefed up coop and run security even more.
Quote: more a danger to cat food!! So true!!
Most definitely one of the most horrible predators.... Three years ago a possum got in a run with 14 pullets....he MURDERED every single one of them.....just tore their heads off and left them lying there. I understand a wild animals need to eat to survive.....but this monster didn't eat a single pullet. When I found him the next morning (he couldn't find a way out, and I never found his way in) he made a quick trip to possum heaven
i will make it short. YES
BCsilkies, I didn't know there was a "possum heaven." no fair, what do they ever do to deserve it? Glad you got him tho
Yes, for sure the opossum is a threat to your chickens.No where near as bad as a raccoon,but given the chance,they will kill your birds.All coons and opussoms i live trap, go south about 2 ft below grade.