Possum... yikes!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Smithyard Farm, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. Smithyard Farm

    Smithyard Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    look what greeted me this evening...

    Guess I'm gonna have to get a trap or two. This is the first itme I have seen one up close. Lived here 14 years... We recently had to put our dog down, Guess this guy thinks the coast is clear.....


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  2. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    How much is your camera zoomed in for those pictures? Wow that li'l guy looks a bit too close for comfort. I bet your coop doesn't have rats or mice in it because of that little guy, though.
     
  3. Smithyard Farm

    Smithyard Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was actually in the coop, the fence he is on is about 2 1/2 feet from the back - I was pretty close to him....



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    this picture shows the fence a little better

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  4. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Beautiful coop!! I'd say that's definitely a close call...yeh. He doesn't seem to bothered that you see him though (at least from those pictures) which is strange...I wonder if there's someone in your area that's been feeding him? Anyone with kids? lol
     
  5. flockman

    flockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hate possums. They don't seem to be afraid of anything.
     
  6. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

    The opossums we get here are. :] lol I step outside and they tear off right quick.
     
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  7. bigoledude

    bigoledude Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you trap him and relocate him, or badly scare him, chances are pretty good he won't come back. That's been our experience anyway.

    He is looking for a meal, and you cant blame him that he sees one.

    They will do a lot of damage though, to the chickens. We had one two years ago that trapped our old rooster in the tractor, he was in there with a pullet.
    The possum trapped killed and totally consumed both of them...feet, feathers, and all. there was literally nothing left. Then he fell asleep in
    a trash can in our barn. We tossed him out of the trash can and he rolled down a hill, got up, and waddled away. never came back.
    We have badly scared others, with the same result.
     
  9. rikithemonk

    rikithemonk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You have my sympathies. I am dealing with a possum right now myself. I'm on day two of my attempt to trap him. Its not as easy as I thought it would be. I just hope we don't loose any of our hens before we catch our possums. I'm trying to use the have a heart traps with tuna cans for bait.

    So far, no joy.

    Riki
     
  10. rikithemonk

    rikithemonk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was looking over these cage traps. As far as I can tell there is no way of opening it without getting in mauling distance. I don't see a way to open it while the animal is still alive without being bitten. Opening these cage traps normally when empty is a slow fumbling and cumbersome. I cant imagine adding a animal trying to bite you to the process. My possum will sadly have to be drown. Its a crappy way to die, but I'm in a city center so guns are out, and a BB gun isn't humane. so its dropping the cage into a water vat unless you have any better suggestions.

    Riki
     
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