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Possums/opossums whatever they are called.....

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by p2chick, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. p2chick

    p2chick Out Of The Brooder

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    My chicks are now 3 weeks old and will soon be making the outdoor tractor their home. I live in an urban area and really wasn't incredibly concerned with predators that much except for a few cats that troll the area. BUT tonight i heard from a neighbor that they've recently spotted a family of Possums in and out of their backyard. I have yet to see these guys but now am worried if they are the type of animal that will harm my girls.

    Should I now safeguard the coop from possums getting into the coop? And are they diggers? Should I protect the coop with underground wiring?
     
  2. mrpabaloogi

    mrpabaloogi Out Of The Brooder

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    we hate finland for dinner you no i dont like cabbage i age b9ig time
     
  3. chilisweet

    chilisweet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we have a family of oppossums that live in our yard, and because of that, you need to completely safeguard your coop and run. Dig a trench 12 inches deep around both your coop and your run, and bury your 1/4 inch hardware cloth. Refill with dirt, stamp it down, and you should be good to go. Also, we used U shaped nails to attach our hardware cloth to the coop/run. Apparently they don't pull out as easily as staples do, so that will prevent the little buggers from pulling the cloth off.

    Make sure you get the cloth as secure as you can around weird corners, and angles, so nothing small and skinny can squeeze thru the gaps and get inside. Baby oppossums are very small and can squeeze thru surprisingly small spaces, so over kill on the nails is good.


    Hope this helps! Good luck!
    ~Caran
     
  4. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:What?!
     
  5. mrpabaloogi

    mrpabaloogi Out Of The Brooder

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    im hungrey
     
  6. perfectly_polish

    perfectly_polish Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Stop spamming.

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  7. mrpabaloogi

    mrpabaloogi Out Of The Brooder

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    i understand it

    but im not gonna stop
     
  8. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Possums are opportunists, but they aren't particularly aggressive about it - no where near what raccoons, weasels, etc. are.

    They're pretty easy to tame, and they make good pets, believe it or not.
     
  9. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Quote:+1
     
  10. chilisweet

    chilisweet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just ignore the troll.
     

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