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opossum? racoon?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jsbates65, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. jsbates65

    jsbates65 Out Of The Brooder

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    i've had my two hens for 2 1/2 years and had my first scare last night. Although I have an Eglu, the girls have always preferred to roost outside during good weather. At first I thought this was risky, but after 2 1/2 years without a problem. . .I guess I stopped worrying about it. Last night I woke up to racket and ran out to see what was happening. When I flipped on the lights something ran out and over the back 6 ' fence. The girls were OK and I secured them in the Eglu (and will every night now). I thought maybe I had dreamed it because Rosemary is moulting and not looking her best anyway, but further inspection this morning something did try to get her. . .although the wounds are very superficial. I guess my main concern now is do I have to worry about letting them free range during the day? I will definitely not let them sleep outside again, but hate to think of them cooped up all the time since they love the big back yard.
     
  2. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

    Apr 13, 2007
    Choctaw Oklahoma
    I am gonna say coon.
     
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    They should be safe from raccoons and possums during the day
     
  4. Cockadoodledon't

    Cockadoodledon't Chillin' With My Peeps

    Coon....
     

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