Raccons

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by saphcat76, May 24, 2011.

  1. saphcat76

    saphcat76 New Egg

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    We have recently been hit by raccoons. We lost two of our chickens last week, so we reenforced our coop, and thought we were all set. We were hit again last night and lost two of our adolescent chickens. We are SO bummed! Does anyone have suggestions as to how we can deter the raccoons and keep our chickens safe? I'm so afraid that they will discover our other coop and we'll lose all of our chickens. Thank you for any help that you can offer us.

    Michele
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    So sorry,
    Fortify, fortify, fortify.
    Raccoons are very pernicious. If they have found an easy meal they will be back. I'm currently dealing with the same thing. A daytime raccoon got one of mine last week. It seems to be trap wise. I live in the burbs so no using firearms. I'm coming down to a couple of less desirable solutions.

    Imp
     
  3. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hot flyin' lead seems to do the trick!

    Seriously though, get a trap and dispatch them when you catch one. Keep the trap out until you are no longer catching any. I never catch just one. Dispatch them so somebody else doesn't inherit your problems.
     
  4. saphcat76

    saphcat76 New Egg

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    We have true backyard chickens too. We don't have guns, and can't use them here anyway. Can I ask what "less desirable" ways you are using? We can trap them, but then I don't know what to do with them!
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

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  6. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Trap and shoot with pellet rifle (.22 under 1100 fps). Or trap and drown, but pellet rifle is more humane IMO.
     

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