Predator suggestion HELP!!

SuperChickMama

In the Brooder
7 Years
Apr 7, 2012
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Northwestern NC
I've had weird happenings in my coop lately.....

First day I find a chicken egg crushed in the nest box. I collected the eggs, and threw the eaten egg on the ground outside.
Second day I find the crushed egg shell GONE and part of it in the box.

I thought it was a neighbor kid, so I used the lock.

WE had 3 days of severe rain, On the second day of rain I am going to collect eggs, and I see a hole to the diddle coop. I took my shoe and stuffed it full of mud.

After the rain I cleaned the coop, didn't notice anything out of the way..... hole still filled, but I DID notice a couple new holes I thought my chickens were being sneaky. The holes are only about 3 inches wide 4 inches max. and an inch or 2 deep.

Yesterday we find a dead diddle.......... not just dead, mangled, and mostly missing.
Today..... another dead diddle..........but this time just dead!!

We live in the Mountains of North Carolina. We don't think it is a fox, the holes are to small. Not sure if we have weasels..... could it be a opossum??

PLEASE help if you have any critter suggestions..... We are getting 2 or 3 claw traps...... TONIGHT!! and setting up the game cam!.
 

SuperChickMama

In the Brooder
7 Years
Apr 7, 2012
58
0
31
Northwestern NC
WE have .5 inch steel gauge wire on the "diddle coop" and most of the adult coop, the run has plain old chicken wire, there are 4 x 4's around the floor and on part of it the wire was buried under the dirt about 6 inches and had some extra concrete around it...
 

MEchickenfarmer33

Chirping
8 Years
Jul 29, 2011
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Maine
sounds like a weasel to me. nothing else could fit through that small of a hole. my suspects are 1.)weasel
2.) snake
3.)rat/mouse
hope you resolve the problem!!!!!
 

SuperChickMama

In the Brooder
7 Years
Apr 7, 2012
58
0
31
Northwestern NC
Thanks, we set 2 steel traps and baited with pork chop, It has been 2 days and no sign of the critter, I think it's a weasel also, but my sister thinks its it may be a gray fox, somehow I don't see a fox of any size squeezing through that small a hole...
 

aprophet

Songster
10 Years
Jan 12, 2010
3,798
36
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chesapeake Va.
Thanks, we set 2 steel traps and baited with pork chop, It has been 2 days and no sign of the critter, I think it's a weasel also, but my sister thinks its it may be a gray fox, somehow I don't see a fox of any size squeezing through that small a hole...
I use 4-5 " snares and catch greys , all this rain we have had the last coupla days has made the possums move hard I have disposed of a few the last coupla of days :)
 

SuperChickMama

In the Brooder
7 Years
Apr 7, 2012
58
0
31
Northwestern NC
Welp, I saw my predator tonight while I was cementing holes in a monsoon. A BIG FAT RAT..... his name for now is Templeton, we set a live trap and hopefully he will be a trapped rat because he is going to SUFFER. He is gonna get shaken to DEATH!!!!! Don't mess with a Mama and her BABIES!!!!!!

On the bright side, we have 3 new chickens, and 7 new diddles a few days old, and a new one about 4 weeks old, HOPEFULLY we will catch the rat and he won't be able to get through our WHOLE wheelbarrow full of CONCRETE!!!!!! We filled holes, one hole was about a foot across and a foot deep, it was a well....... luckily I had some stuff in it but that sucker has been digging around my rock stuffers!
 

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