possum attacked last night!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by h_musick, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. h_musick

    h_musick Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 14, 2009
    Ok, last night a possum climbed up 8 feet of chicken wire and attacked the chickens over and over.

    The chickens are all alive. But one has a swollen face(bites around her head), and Mr. Roo was bit on his comb.
    what would be the best thing to use to treat them?

    thank you!
  2. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 3, 2008
    Bolton, CT
    Oh that's terrible. I hope they will all be ok.
  3. Chik-N-Crazy

    Chik-N-Crazy Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2009
    Currie, NC
    Not to over react, but if you have some type of broad spectrum antibiotic I would give it to them ASAP. My mom had a cat that was attacked by a possum, the cat died, the vet told her it was b/c their mouths are so filthy and it created infection inside the bites VERY quickly. [​IMG]
  4. h_musick

    h_musick Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 14, 2009
    we went ahead and gave her some Dura-pen. so we hope it helps. I have not been able to catch the rooster yet. so i will have to wait for him to roost, then we will shoot'em up.
    hope it works. any more advice would be great.
  5. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    The possum will be back. Do what you can to keep him out or lock the birds inside a predator proof cage until you catch the possum.
  6. bunch-a-chickens

    bunch-a-chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2007
    Claiborne County Tn.
    just stay up a little later and shoot the possum
  7. TheDuckCrew

    TheDuckCrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2009
    aw i'm sorry, but i'm glad they are all still alive. i would give all of the chickens that were bitten antibiotics, just to be safe. i would also keep them seperated from each other if they are bleeding or have bald spots. chickens peck at anything red and can kill each other.
  8. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Aww, I'm so sorry. I'm not at all fond of 'possums that bother chickens, but I didn't think they'd attack full-grown birds. I've only had them hurt/eat chicks or ducklings, and bother broody hens for the e g g s they were incubating. I've lost broody bantams to opossums, but they didn't even eat them, just bit them on their heads to kill them. [​IMG] What a waste & a shame.

    I lost 5 ducklings to an opossum, she ate the heads off 2 of them one night, and injured a 3rd so badly with bites to his head that I had to cull him. Then she came back early the next evening, before I had a chance to set the trap & cage the ducklings, and ate the heads off the last 2. [​IMG]

    I finally trapped her using e g g s for bait. [​IMG]
  9. h_musick

    h_musick Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 14, 2009
    thanks, I am thinking about getting out the baseball bat (as awful as it sounds) we don't have a gun.
    we will see.
    wish me luck.

    But that is about all i guess. I think the victims of last nights attack will be ok.
  10. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    I saw a fence, that was actually around a garden, but it was a good idea. They made the fence about two foot higher than the actual post, so when the coon would climb up, it would grab ahold of the loose wire, which would bend down and he would drop off. The creator of it said that the animal would become so frustrated after awhile, it would just give up. Would something like that work on a chicken fence? Possums are so darn funny, but they are relentless about food. I am sorry it messed with your chickens, please keep us posted about their recovery, as I am in complete agreement about their dirty mouths and all that bacteria. [​IMG]

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