Opossums?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Zoquiryi, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. Zoquiryi

    Zoquiryi Out Of The Brooder

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    I found an opossum eating one of my chickens a few nights ago. Is that normal opossum behavior, or is there something else killing my flock, and the opossum is just cleaning up?
     
  2. gallusdomesticus

    gallusdomesticus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Possums will kill chickens
     
  3. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    Possums will kill any chicken that it can get to easily. They are lazy and go for the easiest source of food. A sleeping, nonmoving bird is perfect prey for them.

    Matt
     
  4. australorp_breeder

    australorp_breeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had chickens die from possums before. One batch of chickens I had would always sleep in a pine tree and one night a possum climbed it and killed one. I was just assuming a possum because it sounded like one and we do have possums around here.

    Are possums and opossums the same thing but people just call them differently?
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2010
  5. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Same thing... Opossum is the correct spelling. The O is silent...around here anyway.
     
  6. australorp_breeder

    australorp_breeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
     
  7. Zoquiryi

    Zoquiryi Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay, thanks everyone!
     

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