Raccoon or what?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mgray, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. mgray

    mgray Out Of The Brooder

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    Last night something got into the chicken yard and killed 4 eight week old Marans. My husband found them scattered around, one was even in the chicken coop. He told me that the little ones chest/crop were eaten. The adult hen was fine. We have everyone locked in the coop tonight. I will probably always lock them inside now. Was this a raccoon? We live in a rural area, and I have seen foxes, among other critters.
     
  2. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Raccoon is your number one suspect. That's what I would say it was.
     
  3. mgray

    mgray Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there any way to raccoon proof a chicken yard? We have fencing, with the bottom, we thought, reinforced with more wire to keep a predator from digging under the fence. However, the top is not covered.
     
  4. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Couple of strands of electric fencing is pretty effective for climbers (opossum/coon). If that is not possible then live traps/Duke dog proof traps (foot trap) will reduce the overall frequency of predation.
     
  5. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you put a strand near the top that should help. That and making sure they are locked up at night will help.
     
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, I'm afraid it does sounds like a raccoon. Hope you can keep him out. Good luck to you!
     

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