opposums

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jennjune26, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. jennjune26

    jennjune26 New Egg

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    we had an aopposum a few weeks back but since haven't seen him. is it possible he moved on? don't they relocate often?
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Opossums and raccoons (and most other predators) are everywhere.
    I'm sure you don't observe your property all night with night vision glasses. Trust me, they're there.
    I saw a report that said there are 100 times the raccoons per square mile in most cities than in rural areas. And rural areas always have a population.
     
  3. DucksAndGardens

    DucksAndGardens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Opossums have a territory that they range for food. So your house is probably in his or her territory but it may take a week for an opossum to travel it's territory depending on the locale. So you may only see it once a week or you may see it once a night. I have several oppssums in my neighborhood because they have overlapping territories but I never see them at the same time. They all come a different times.

    Personally speaking I've never had an opossum kill my poultry but I have had a juvenile opossum eat some eggs left in the duck house. But I lock my ducks up at night before the opossums come out. Only once did one beat me into the duck house and that was the juvenile I mentioned above and he wasn't after the ducks but just the eggs. I removed him and he went on his merry way, no ducks harmed. The only animal that I've ever lost my ducks to are those ****** raccoons.
     
  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

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    I've had losses to both raccoons and possums. Neither are welcome in my barn or near the coop. Mary
     
  5. girls and guineas

    girls and guineas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What predator eats the heads off chickens? There is never any blood. Do they suck the blood out? Will having a light on keep them away? Also,I had my chicks locked in a wire cage inside a fence and something grabbed the wing and ate it down to the bone. It killed the little chicken. Just made me sick!!!
     
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

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    Sorry for your loss; many of us have learned the hard way that chickens are on everyone's menu. Only a totally safe coop will protect your birds at night! Lights, radios, flashers, are all ineffective for the long haul. Build Ft. Knox! Mary
     
  7. dekel18042

    dekel18042 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eating just the head could be an opossum trait while raccoons may use their little dexterous hands to pull parts of a bird like a wing through the wire and eat it. They're nasty little critters.
     
  8. ginny1966

    ginny1966 Out Of The Brooder

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    Mink will eat head off
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I had mink kill off 6 of my flocks and never did any more than bite the neck and suck some blood, not eating a single thing on the bird.
     
  10. Dooner

    Dooner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fox usually start with the head, often on site and then carry the rest of the bird off. Witnessed this myself.
     

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