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Predator in Coop Graphic Kill Pics

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by savilcr, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. savilcr

    savilcr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have lost 2 chickens this week, they have been locked in the coop/run all week which means something is getting through the hog wire or eating through the chicken wire, im setting ever trap I have tonight until I catch everything in the area. I’ll post pictures tomorrow of the damage and hopefully some dead predators.

    I heard one hen last night squawk loudly, walked outside and heard something run off, looked in the run and there is one of our leghorns with no head.
     
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2011
  2. kinsey228

    kinsey228 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    W/ the head gone, it may be a raccoon.
     
  3. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

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    You need welded wire, chicken wire will not keep predators out. Sorry about your chickens.[​IMG]
     
  4. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Hog wire is big enough to let coons, skunks, weasels, possum and others into it. Chicken wire won't stop anything that wants in wild or domestic dog. It will only keep the chickens lock behind it.
     
  5. savilcr

    savilcr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well i put the dead chicken in front of one of my trail cameras and something took it last night but did not take the bait in the live trap. ill post pictures of whatever it was tonight.
     
  6. savilcr

    savilcr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well I found the hole they were getting in through, i have caught two in two nights, set out 8 traps last night, they got another chicken the night before and left it dead on top of the roof of the run. needless to say I am not happy.
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  7. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Wow! Looks like fall where you are, seeing all those colorful leaves on the ground. Glad you got the rotten coon......
     
  8. calgal98

    calgal98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Keep trapping...I've seen them travel with others, and fix the hole!
     
  9. savilcr

    savilcr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the hole is fixed with about 100 other staples, i plan on trapping until I dont catch any more for a week straight.
     
  10. juliawitt

    juliawitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's hoping you catch all your racoon predators!! Hope the one you caught went swiftly to racoon heaven!! I used to like them...now that I have chickens, that's a totally different story. I haven't lost any chickens to racoons, but we still set traps every few weeks. The nice ones go to a conservation area about 10 miles away. We call it coon launching. We put the cage in the back of the truck, go to the conservation, open the trap and they literally "fly" out!! Rather fun. We've had some big males, that snarl and bite the cage. One big bull, literally bit the bars so hard, they bent. The growling mean ones, go to heaven and we are glad to accomodate their trip! So sorry for your losses. When you spend so much time, raising your chickens, feeding, watering and them you lose them senselessly to predation, it is very disheartening! Best of luck! Oh, yes, wanted to add, we spray the ones we take to the conservation area with a dot of pink paint. If they come back (which none have so far), they don't get another chance.
     
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