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Raccoon attack last night..

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by JBarringerNC, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. JBarringerNC

    JBarringerNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Around midnight last night I heard the most awful squawk from the coop outback; when I went out to investigate I found the front door wide open. My 4 chickens were no where to be found, and I seen a big coon in the back of my coop eating away at the eggs. So I locked him in there as I was going to deal with it after trying to round up the flock and see if they were just hiding... well after only locating 2 of the 4 in my flock I done away with the egg-eater in my coop.

    I found a trail of feathers erratically spread throughout the property leading to a little creek on the back edge of our property line, I then seen my little cochin rooster 'Pip' torn to shreds under some brush. I am certain it was a duo of raccoons that attacked the coop at once, even though I never knew they done this in groups.. apparently one of the coons was a meat eater while the other had only tastes for eggs.

    A few months ago I captured a raccoon in a trap but let it go after seeing it was only trying to get the scraps I'd left too close to their coop, but this time it was evident what had to be done to it.
    I'm going to set a trap tonight with wet cat food and get the one who killed my rooster.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I guarantee there are WAY more than you think there are. They often do travel in gazes or family units. They don't discriminate they all eat virtually anything and everything.

    Did you find the 4th chicken yet?
    Raccoons took 22 birds from me last summer.
     
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  3. JBarringerNC

    JBarringerNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    I haven't found the other lost hen yet, but I figure if she's not dead then she'll come back today sometime. I'm not as fond of her as the 2 that did survive the ordeal, so no biggie either way. But the fact that my 1st chick hatched from my homemade incubator (Pip) was torn apart like a rotisserie meal just pisses me off. He was such a great care-taker for the 3 hens, always looking out for them; even though he was wary of me (and I him) he'll be missed!!! :( Not sure what to do as far as replacing him, or hold off on that.


    I'll get at least 1 more of these coons, since the one I killed was definitely not the one who got my rooster I'm on a mission for his partner, i'm 100% sure he's going to hurt when I catch him.
     
  4. angelbrenn

    angelbrenn Out Of The Brooder

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    Last year I went outside because I heard a disturbance and took a flashlight because I heard noise in the tree saw one possum peeking out of one tree and there was five raccoons in the other tree got my traps set up caught one every night for a week then kept the trap up iand over that the rest of the year I can't one about every month never leave my trap unset anymore.
     
  5. JBarringerNC

    JBarringerNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ya know, I grew up in the country with over 50-60 chickens and ducks at my grandparents. I don't really remember any times where we lost chickens due to Raccoon attacks.. they seem to be a much larger problem for backyard chickens in the city limits.
    There must be a massive population of raccoon and fox within the city limits, you'd think something could be done about this explosion of varmints; like putting a pelt bounty on them..lol
     
  6. JBarringerNC

    JBarringerNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    I left the dead raccoon right near where my dead Rooster is, just a little reminder for them.
     
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  7. moetrout

    moetrout Chillin' With My Peeps

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    People hunt and trap coons in the country. they also get eaten by other predators, like coyotes. In the city they have busy streets and cars as their only "predator".
     
  8. JBarringerNC

    JBarringerNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    I remember going 'coon hunting a few times when I was a kid.. they're vicious when cornered; I need to get a Blue-Tick Hound Dog to keep watch.
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    European migration to the new world was a boon for raccoons and continues to be. We provide so much food for them. Garbage cans, pet food, litterbugs, etc..
     
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  10. JBarringerNC

    JBarringerNC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well, I found the 2nd chicken -- [​IMG]
    I'm blown away at how far apart the 2 dead chickens were laying.. over 200 yards apart.
    So it's obvious that there was at least a trio of raccoon's. I got the Egg Eater and dropped it by the 1st chicken body I found.
     

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