raccoon help

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by heather112588, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. heather112588

    heather112588 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2010
    Baltimore, MD
    I live in 38 acres of woods. I have had a few problems with raccoons but nothing huge (they came in a cat door to eat cat food and got into a freezer in our garage...caught red handed) nothing that couldn't be "taken care of " as problems came up. The last 6 months that i've have owned chickens has been crazy. I've had to "take care of" at least 4 per month. To make a long story short, we got our first frost last night. I went out to the coop today and saw the paw prints all over...they haven't gotten in yet but i know its only a matter of time. Is there anything i can do to keep them away? yes, i have a dog but he's a pug and quite a wimp. I'm being paranoid now and am re-emforcing the coop, setting a live trap but any other advice?
  2. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    a gun [​IMG]
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Electric fence works for me. I use electrified poultry netting set on a solar charger. It's worth it's weight in gold.

    Good luck.
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    We live in a woods that's over thirty acres, too. I've always just used sturdy construction materials and sturdy construction techniques, rather than trying to constantly kill every raccoon for miles around. In the long run, it's just easier. Nothing has ever broken into the coop. I can see where you would want to trap, also, since you're having other problems.

    On a coop I like strong wood, strong wire, heavy 1/2" hardware cloth over all coop openings and everything attached with wood screws, so things can't be pulled apart or wire pulled off. Good latches or locks, too, that raccoons can't open. Also attached with wood screws. I designed my pop hole door to open to the inside, so that was one less fussy latch to mess with in the frigid part of winter here, although now we have an automatic door, also mounted on the inside. We need chickens safely locked up for the night in a timely manner, whether it's being done manually or automatically. We have more than just raccoons to worry about at night. We also keep all food locked up. Wildlife tends to not waste a lot of time here, since it doesn't get them any food. I see prints sometimes, too.

    A good coop is a sure thing and will always be there to protect. If we had bears a little closer, I'd have electric fencing around it, too.
  5. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    I trap and dispatch processing fur the last 2 weeks here mostly fox and coon. My traps don,t take as much food as dogs do either [​IMG]
  6. scrambled please

    scrambled please Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 30, 2010
    This works in an unsecured vegetable garden, boiled garlic water with castor oil added, we have a pretty big garden, it is poured around the perimeter from time to time. I don't know if it will work for chickens but no animals come near the garden and it is near the woods.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2010
  7. OkChickens

    OkChickens Orpingtons Are Us

    Dec 1, 2010
    Owasso, Oklahoma
    I have about 6" of 2x4 chicken wire burried underground all around my coop and run. I do not have a real problem with raccoons but possums and coyotes are terrible here. They try to dig under the walls but never make it through. When i see a attempted break-in i put a rock in the hole and fill it back in with dirt!
  8. emarble

    emarble Chillin' With My Peeps

    You Just cant beat a good Hot wire fence! It worth its weigt in Gold

  9. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2010
    Montgomery County, TX

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