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Should I be afraid of Chuck?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by rughooker, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. rughooker

    rughooker Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] Are woodchucks(groundhogs) predators? My husband says they're vegetarians. I say if they are hungry (especially during cold Ohio winters), the'll eat anything! [​IMG] Thanks, rughooker
     
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    I don't think Chuck is a threat.
     
  3. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    We are over run with woodchucks... Only thing you need to wory about is your feed bags.
     
  4. setter4

    setter4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are herbivores so they won't eat the chickens.
    I think I heard once that if they get REALLY hungry they might eat a bird egg but I don't think they would fight your chickens to get one.
     
  5. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    They do, however, make great food FOR the chickens! [​IMG] When I was growing up we used to eat the occasional groundhog and the remains were thrown to the hogs, with the chickens darting in for their share.
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The sort of do a long hybernation in winter around here. We only see them in mid spring and summer and through the fall. They are stinky. They are vegetarians. They won't eat your poultry. In fact if your chickens get one they will eat it.
     
  7. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will usually run, HOWEVER if you get between a mom and her babies they will attack, and they have Huge teeth, or at least they looked Huge when momma was snarling and chaseing. [​IMG]
     
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They have big nasty claws too.

    Have I ever shown you all this?

    My husband has caught them before with a simple slip noose snare.

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  9. rughooker

    rughooker Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] BEEKISSED I just [​IMG] your avatar!! rughooker
     
  10. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    How much chicken would a would chuck chew if
    a wood chuck could chew chicken

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