opossum question

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by outback hatcher, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. outback hatcher

    outback hatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

    Will an opossum kill a chicken?
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    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.

    Imp
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    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.
     
  4. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Quote:[​IMG] more a danger to cat food!! [​IMG] So true!!
     
  5. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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
     
  6. iluvsedward

    iluvsedward Overrun With Chickens

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    i will make it short. YES
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    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
     
  8. WillieBoy

    WillieBoy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     

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