Possum problem

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by taz0812, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. taz0812

    taz0812 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two ducks and i have a possum that keeps getting in their pen. I think i have found where they are entering but my pekin has been attacked 3 times now. I know possums dont generally attack but i think she is trying to protect her eggs. Anyway i got a live trap to try and trap them but all im catching is raccoons. Wondering what the best bait to use for possums that is not cat food or fish because we have a ton of cats in the neighorhood. Any suggestions??
     
  2. Cherib603

    Cherib603 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Duck.

    (Sorry)

    Sure it's not the raccoons getting in?
     
  3. taz0812

    taz0812 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes..we have caught and shot three possums inside the cage already. Plus there is not an opening big enough for a raccoon to get in. I feel like a raccoon would be killing the ducks or doing alot more damage if they were to get in!!
     
  4. Cherib603

    Cherib603 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gotcha!
     
  5. frenchbet

    frenchbet Out Of The Brooder

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    I know marshmallows work great for raccoons because I believe they may think they are an egg inside the live trap. I think it would work for an opposum too. They are great because there is no odor to attract cats like tuna or cat food would.
     
  6. bigt447

    bigt447 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't think a possum will not readily kill chickens & ducks to eat....they absolutely will.
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I would change the setup to keep predators out.
     
  8. taz0812

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    I have been baiting the cage with a duck egg since that is what they are coming in for and I was also putting a piece of bread with jelly on it and I've now caught 3 coons and no possums [​IMG]
     
  9. bigt447

    bigt447 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's most likely that the coons are stirring earlier.....stay with it. There is no bait that a possum will eat exclusively.
     

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