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Opossums

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by erinszoo, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. erinszoo

    erinszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can and will possums kill chickens, geese, ducks, turkeys, etc?? We had a skunk at one point but after we realized it was eating cat food and moved the cat food out of reach we haven't seen the skunk again. However, last night we went out to put the birds to bed and opened the garage door where we keep their food, and a possum jumped out and ran. We can't even figure out how he got in the garage and it's way more secure than our chicken coop. Now I'm worried.
     
  2. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2011
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    Possums will eat eggs and may kill chickens if they get a chance. So I would kill them though they are tough to kill.
     
  3. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will most definitely kill and eat full grown chickens. I had it happen a few months ago. Lost 2 hens. This week its a coyote pup after my free rangers. Must be a hard time for predators too...
     
  4. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yup def need to get rid of it
     
  5. Betsy57

    Betsy57 Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    'Possum killed one of my Brown Leghorns this week. Nearly ripped her head off. I got my hen (she was hiding under the coop) but couldn't get to the 'possum. [​IMG] I set the live trap and so far caught two coons but not the blasted/killer 'possum. I'm still trying. Yes, they seem to be harder to trap than the coons. I'm afraid to let my chickens out now since it gets dark so early but don't want them in all day either. I want that blasted 'possum! [​IMG]
     
  6. johnsons-r-us

    johnsons-r-us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, so if we ever were to catch a critter in a trap, what do we do with it then? We don't own guns. Could we bring it somewhere to a wildlife organization or veterinary office to be put down? I can't see us beating it to death, but letting it go somewhere else seems like trouble. Any of you not able to do the kill yourselves?
     
  7. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    We caught 3 'Possums with a .12 gauge. It was fabulous.
     
  8. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    Quote:Craig's List? [​IMG]
     
  9. johnsons-r-us

    johnsons-r-us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Craig's List? [​IMG]

    Probably a free pick up too, huh! Not a bad idea [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2011
  10. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Possums are not predators but opportunists. If they are able to trap a hen or get her while asleep they may do damage. More likely they will go for eggs. My only loss to a possum was a hen duck sitting on eggs. Some people consider possum a delicacy--maybe you can find someone willing to butcher it.
     

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