Opossum?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Puddin Fluff, Aug 22, 2013.

  1. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    My son came in this morning saying our banty cochin was dead and there were feathers everywhere. I went out to inspect and this was true. I found her inside the coop with a hole eaten in her side, feathers missing from the chase I assume but otherwise in tact. Upon inspection we found where there was a gap in the wire enclosing the coop. We sealed that up. We did see a young opossum around the coop last week but he was outside and gone before the gun was brought down.

    Does this sound like the way a opossum would dine on a chicken, or more like a weasel? I am leaning toward opossum simply because we had seen one. Thoughts?
     
  2. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Any time that a night time predator eats a hole in the side of a chicken you can be pretty sure that Pogo Possum was to blame.
     
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  3. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    I gathered that by the other threads I read. It also sounded like a weasel could be a possibility but I think the Opossum more likely. Just wanted a little confirmation. I know that fortifying for a weasel would be more difficult.

    So far no recurrences so I think we have the gaps covered.
     

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