Raccoons near my coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by yesfantina, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. yesfantina

    yesfantina In the Brooder

    Apr 16, 2011
    After the recent snow storm we realized that a mamma raccoon decided to have her babies in a hollow tree about 50 feet from my coop. The coop itself is pretty secure, but we're used to free ranging the girls for a couple hours/day. I'm not sure what to do. I had a wildlife removal company out today and they will charge me $600 to trap the mom and then grab the 3 babies and relocate them. But most of what I've read says that the mamma is going to run and the babies will end up orphaned. I'm not sure WHAT to do at this point. I'm scared to let the chickens out now which isn't fair to THEM, but I dont' want to pay 600.00 and then be responsible for 3 baby raccoons being orphans. ugh. Any suggestions?
  2. Millworker26

    Millworker26 In the Brooder

    Jun 25, 2016
    SE PA
    I would get another quote. $600 is ridiculous for what should be an easy job. Find in independent trapper rather than a company, they should be cheaper. I hired a guy to remove an incredibly hard to catch red squirrel in the walls of my house. He charged me $100.
  3. SueT

    SueT Crowing

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    Buy a live trap for $40 and trap them yourself.....
  4. 0wen

    0wen Songster

    Mar 25, 2016
    Southwest Virginia
    Then a box of .22 ammunition to prevent further havoc on your flock (or someone else's if you move them)..
  5. 1ADAM12

    1ADAM12 Songster

    Jun 18, 2016
    Tioga, PA
    I always have a live trap set. I have caught several opposum and raccoons. Most of the time I relocate them but I have shot some because they look rabid.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
  7. Ronnie2

    Ronnie2 Chirping

    Mar 12, 2017
    Palestine, Texas
    Do a search for "Coon Cuffs" to see what they areI have a pair that I set out. They are a lot cheeper than live traps. What I do is set the trap with the drive in the ground pick on the bottom, and trap is chained to a tree nearby. I take a corner of a piece of bread, and swipe some peanut butter on the bread and drop it cafully on the trigger, and then a large marshmallow on top of the pipe. The coon first see's the sweet marshmallow, and then smells the p.n.butter. Viola, alive coon in the morning. Do a search, raccoons don't have feeling in there feet.
  8. JiveTofu

    JiveTofu Hatching

    Mar 28, 2017
    That is absolutely not true AT ALL. Their feet are the MOST sensitive part of their bodies. The most humane and responsible option is to live trap, then dispatch with a clean shot if relocating isn't an option.
    They are not evil, just wild animals trying to get by. They do not deserve needless torture, no animal does.
  9. Ronnie2

    Ronnie2 Chirping

    Mar 12, 2017
    Palestine, Texas
    • JiveTofu, I do stand to be corrected, you are correct. I should have never stated such. Raccoons do kill house cats, and I just lost one of two. I can't even say for sure it even was one, but will set game camera out tonight.
  10. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    You were close. The most humane and responsible option is to live trap, then dispatch with a clean shot. Period.

    Relocating should never be an option. You risk spreading disease where there hasn't been such disease previously. You are taking a chance on dumping off your problem animal on someone else. You are potentially putting that animal into another animal's territory, maybe causing fighting to the death, possible starvation or dying of dehydration.
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