Ringtails?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ColtHandorf, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. ColtHandorf

    ColtHandorf Crowing

    1,696
    2,193
    307
    Feb 19, 2019
    Commerce, Texas
    I've never even seen one in person I don't think, but I was curious if anyone has ever had an issue with them preying on their flocks before?
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Crossing the Road

    16,953
    18,258
    832
    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    In the 25 years I've lived in this remote place, I've seen a ringtail once. No, they are so reclusive that I doubt you'd have a problem with them.

    They prefer small prey, mice, small birds, etc, when they go for meat, and eat lots of insects, berries, and nuts. They wouldn't likely waste time on chickens.
     
  3. SoftSilkie

    SoftSilkie Crowing

    610
    3,665
    312
    Sep 4, 2019
    Idaho
    Do you mean racoons?
     
  4. https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/ringtail-cat.1223536/

    i think you are talking about the ringtail cat that is in the above thread. They have camera video of a ringtail killing one of there chickens. (not very clear video on my computer)
    i definitely would protect my birds if i had them in my area.
     
  5. ColtHandorf

    ColtHandorf Crowing

    1,696
    2,193
    307
    Feb 19, 2019
    Commerce, Texas
    No, I’d have said raccoon if I meant raccoon. Lol Ringtails are related to them though.

    I didn’t imagine they’d go after adult large fowl birds, but I imagine bantams and young birds are fair game.
     
  6. AltonaAcres

    AltonaAcres Songster

    864
    1,687
    201
    Jan 13, 2019
    We've never had ring tails, but raccoons or "trash-pandas" are the worst. lol
     
    ShannonR likes this.
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Crossing the Road

    28,412
    16,432
    837
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I think size of predator and size of prey are insignificant comparisons. Bobcat kill deer. Tiny mink and least weasels will kill a whole flock of chickens.
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    21,006
    9,477
    621
    Nov 18, 2007
    Florida
    My Coop
    I learned something new so I had to look them up. Don't have them here I'm glad to say. Looks like where they are, the coops and runs/pens have to be very secure. Research says they are related to coons.
     
    ColtHandorf likes this.
  9. ColtHandorf

    ColtHandorf Crowing

    1,696
    2,193
    307
    Feb 19, 2019
    Commerce, Texas
    So it seems they are a fairly shy predator that not many have encountered.
     
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    21,006
    9,477
    621
    Nov 18, 2007
    Florida
    My Coop
    I looked up their range.
    Ring-tailed_Cat_area.png
     
    ColtHandorf and Sequel like this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: