Proactive weasel trapping?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Stern41, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. Stern41

    Stern41 New Egg

    Apr 17, 2016
    About to put our first ducks and chicks in their run in a few weeks. Hardware cloth first 3 feet up, which I'll be adding to, but in the meantime would it be a good idea to put some traps out now to catch weasels before the birds go out? I haven't seen any specifically, but we are very rural.

    Not sure if this would just attract more things to the area....

  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    You can, some do. I have not yet, and have never had a problem (also very rural)
    What was recommended to me was to nail snap traps baited with meat on the side of the coop. If you had a lot of weasles or a predator problem it would be smart. But for the most part a good solid defense is the best offense you can get.
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Make your coop and run as secure as possible, and don't bother to trap ahead of time. Don't feed outside of your coop and safe run, and lock your birds safely every night. That will eliminate 90% to 95% of your predator problems, unless your own dog is also a problem. Mary
  4. Stern41

    Stern41 New Egg

    Apr 17, 2016
    Thank you both very much for the advice.

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