Racoon friend or foe?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Spitman, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. Spitman

    Spitman Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    Went out to shut coop door and there was a big coon eating the chickens food just looked at me droped it's tail and booked , the chickens seemed fine just letting the coon snack out of there feeder I killed 3 last year. Anyone had coons that were more interested in the feed than the birds. The chickens seemed like they new this coon and had no problem sharing there feed with the dood. I had to lol. But I'm going to have to kill him or her. Sooner or later I'm afraid he will want chicken for dinner what do you think?
  2. scbatz33

    scbatz33 No Vacancy, Belfry Full

    Jan 23, 2009
    South GA
    he will graduate from feed to chickens...trust me, been there, done that...nothing but dead birds to show for it. PLUS he will tell ALLLLLLLLLLL his friends.
  3. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Racoons are vicious! A family of them got into my meat bird coop and killed 32+ birds, exactly 1 week from butcher, in no time. Since then I have learned my lesson, chicken wire keeps chickens in and lets everything else in too. Do not keep them around.
  4. calista

    calista Songster

    Jan 27, 2010
    In my neck of the woods growing up, it was a country saying that the reason raccoons wear black masks is because they're BANDITS.

    Give them an inch, they and all their friends will take a mile.
  5. kla37

    kla37 Songster

    Apr 18, 2010
    Hillsborough, NC USA
  6. wistlindixie

    wistlindixie Songster

    Feb 27, 2011
    Coons are BAD NEWS!
  7. MysticScorpio82

    MysticScorpio82 Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Maine, USA
    Definately NOT friend. Coons seem to be the most common chicken killer I have seen on this forum. Nasty buggers...
  8. Spitman

    Spitman Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    Thanks guys just needed the pep talk, I'll bait the trap Tom.
  9. cgtara3

    cgtara3 Songster

    May 13, 2009
    Traverse City, MI
    We had the same thing happen. First the coon would sneak off in the daytime when we went to the coop. It was feasting on the chicken-feed and eggs, then it graduated to crawling on top of the coop, lowering itself down and eating one of our babies, and scampering off into the dark after it ripped our smallest hen to shreds. I will never forget how one of our other hens Sweet Pea would NOT go back into the coop for two nights after wards. We had to coax her as she wanted to fly off somewhere. Coons are on the nasty list. There is nothing friendly about them. That coon is just testing the waters until it works up enough courage to go for the kill. Beware.
  10. Papadavid

    Papadavid Chirping

    Mar 1, 2010
    They are also rabies prone. Only good coon is when it is a cap!!!

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