Oppossum - predator or pest?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mudhen, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    Well, I just learned something new here. I had no idea a racoon would kill a chicken.
    Do opposums kill chickens? Or go after the eggs only?

    I've been trying to figure what crawled up a 6' chain link fence and killed one of our hens last Fall.
    I hadn't thought either would kill/gut a chicken and thought maybe a fox, but I don't think they can climb chain link.
    The entire area is covered with chicken wire as a 'roof', but there were a couple of gaps here and there. (closed up since)

    I've found black snakes in the coop (twice :mad: yuuk!) but they seemed interested in eggs only, so I guess they fall in the category of pest.

    So do opposums fall under category of predator or pest?
     
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Possums can definitely kill a chicken. They are predators.

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  3. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    woa..who'd a thunk it...
    Thanks for the info, chel!
    Denise
     
  4. soonerdog

    soonerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well folks! I've just got to post. I had something tearing into my cages repeatedly killing my birds. I went to Home Depot and bought a live bait trap. I think I paid about $40 plus for it. This has been a life saver for my backyard flock. I had lost so many birds. For the two years that I have had this trap I have caught 18 raccoons, 7 skunks, and Lord only knows how many Oppossums. Probably 100! No joking! I have not had another break in since I have been baiting my trap and using it to relocate and destroy these critters. Some people may not consider this a nice thing to do, but hey, it beats having your birds destroyed after you've worked so hard with them. I have a lot invested in my birds and I am not going to stand by and let them be eaten by all these type wild critters. Some of you might want to try this technique. I bait the trap with any kind of meat scraps, ham, etc. It works everytime. JP
     
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  5. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, since none of the critters you are catching in your trap are indangered species I definately feel that the SSS Pest Control system is a great way to go and does the general public a service.

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  6. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The biggest predator we've had as far as killing our chickens is possums, and we live in the woods. They are bad once you get one after yours, cause they just keep coming back, and they will kill and eat the bird right in front of all the others; they don't carry it off. That's one way to tell what kind of predator killed your birds if you're trying to figure it out after the fact; skunks will do this sometimes, too. We found that low light ( a dim bulb left on close to where the flock roosts) and playing a radio softly during the night, as well as visiting the barn at night once or twice, helps to deter possums.
     
  7. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    From what you say, definately it was a possum that killed Legs (I now know she was a dark cornish).
    I'm going out now to make sure all the little gaps in my chicken wire coop 'ceiling' are closed up tight.
     
  8. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    if your chicken was drug over the fence....I'd say racoon.... Possums just can't carry very much....they'll drag it, or eat it on site, but I'd find it hard that it took a chicken over a chain link fence. JMHO>

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  9. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    No, she was killed and eaten on site, so I'm pretty sure it was a possum. [​IMG]
     
  10. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I misunderstood the first post! Ok....

    SO now I would start the trapping with a have a heart. Be prepared to "do the deed"...as youdon't want to give someone else your "problem predator".
    Sandra
     

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