Stupid opossum!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Peringle, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. Peringle

    Peringle Out Of The Brooder

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    Went to check on my girls in their new home two nights ago when I got off work. Walked out with just the light on my phone, shined it on top of the run and saw the biggest **** oppossum I've ever seen. I scared it off by throwing a stick at it but the **** thing came back last night. So far he hasn't got into the run. Any tips on how I can get rid of him for good? The only gun I have that I can shoot in town is a BB gun, I don't have any traps. It's also pooped on top of the run twice.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    An investment in a hav-a-hart trap is worth the money. I guarantee you have more than one opossum, lots of raccoons as well as other predators.
    Some agencies loan/rent them also. The department of conservation loans a very nice trap here for a 100 returnable deposit. A hav-a-hart is cheaper than that though they do give the money back.
    I've heard the humane society loans them but was told by a friend they didn't give their money back.
    After it's in the trap, fill a trashcan with water and drop the trap in after making sure you insert a rod to keep the doors from opening when it's verticle.
     
  3. Peringle

    Peringle Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok I'll check into the traps. I hope there's not more than one.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I'll bet if you live in the continental United States that there are lots more than one.
    And even if there aren't today, there will be tomorrow or the next day.
     
  5. Opossums only steal eggs, if I am correct.
     
  6. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    You could also run a hot wire around the base of your run or around the top to discourage climbing. It's simple, not expensive, is permanent and effective. It has worked for me for many years. And if you do decide you are going to trap hopefully you will dispatch the animal in a more humane way then drowning. And yes, if you have one possum there are more. I have all manor of predators here including possum, I see their tracks and occasionally the animals themselves. But since my pens are secure and there is no food left out anywhere on the place there is no meal for them here and they move on, I don't loose sleep over it.
     
  7. Peringle

    Peringle Out Of The Brooder

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    The wife suggested an electric wire the other day. I think we'll look into the a before the traps. Not to keen on the idea of drowning an animal.
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Electric fencing works great for almost all predators and doesn't cost much more than a trap
     
  9. D Kluck

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    go to Walmart and get a Gamo pellet gun...it will easily kill possums...
     

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