Please help me kill this ermine-nothing is working!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mcclucker, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. mcclucker

    mcclucker Songster

    Jul 2, 2016
    My Coop
    This little *bleep*er

    has killed 14 of my birds so far. Lost 12 in June. They had been free ranging in a large fenced area and it attacked during the day and killed all but two who flew over the fence and escaped.

    It came back a week later into a secure run (not secure enough I guess) and killed another.

    We spent the summer building a new Fort Knox run with hardware cloth everywhere. I boarded up their coop as best as I could - and it came and killed another one in October. More boarding up/securing, set two traps (one have a hart, one I made out of wood), nada.

    In July we started a new flock that has just started laying. On Saturday it got in again and killed a pullet. As I was investigating how it got in it came right in the front door of the shed that is attached to the coop & tried to get past me to do more murdering. Broad daylight, not afraid of me at all! I took this picture of it in my shed while I was trying to trap it.

    I brought the birds all into the garage (in pens/cages) so I could try to trap it. Nada.

    We ended up adding rat poison to the body of the victim and putting it in plain sight in the shed. That night it ate more of the victim, but obviously didn’t die from poison because it came in the garage today and tried to get into one of the pens. I heard the panic squawking and got there in time to prevent any more loss. It escaped the way it got in, which is surely some small crack I can’t see.

    So now my 11 surviving chickens are all in my kitchen and it’s -10 degrees F outside with 2 feet of new snow and I am at my wit’s end.

    What else can I possibly do? Nothing I do can keep it out. I need to kill it. What has worked for you?

    If I wouldn’t die of hypothermia I’m ready to sit out there all night with a shotgun.
  2. mcclucker

    mcclucker Songster

    Jul 2, 2016
    My Coop
    Should add the plan is to build a new much more secure coop this spring (current one was built by previous homeowners and is decent but obviously still has weak points), but we can’t do that until thaw, so April at the earliest. How to protect them until then??
  3. How is it getting into the coop/run?
  4. Grits&Eggs

    Grits&Eggs Songster

    Apr 16, 2018
    My Coop
    ugh, shoot it! sorry for your loss!
  5. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Pullarius

    Aug 1, 2015
    My Coop
    I killed mine by trapping it under an iced-over pallet, squirting ether under there to slow it down, then cutting its head off with a shovel. Kind of hard to replicate, though.
  6. I cant tell from the picture of the size of that varment, but it looks like a weasel ( they are the size of a squirel.
    Build a weasel box , ther are great plans and instructios for these on the internet.
    or use a haveaheart trap.
    Wire a piece of bloody meat to the pan of a haveaheart and set the trap outside of your coop.
    Here is a picture of the one i caught last fall. There winter coat will be white with a black tiped tail.
    Hope you get him!
  7. The best way to get rid of it is to kill/relocate that little turd FAR AWAY until you can reinforce the coop properly.
  8. WindingRoad

    WindingRoad Songster

    Nov 21, 2018
    Many places have laws against relocating.

    SKYLINE Songster

    Buy a trap. Possums are stupid they would surely go in it. And predator proof your coop they can’t get pass good applied hardware cloth. And last resort.. shot it if you get a shot.

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