sudden end to freedom ranger experiment

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by scubaforlife, May 31, 2010.

  1. scubaforlife

    scubaforlife Songster

    Jul 13, 2009
    It seems a coon figured out how to get into my brooder and decapitated all but 11 of my FRs. Ordered 30 more today and made another attempt at coonproofing, but it sucks to lose them almost 3 weeks in.
  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    DANG! Sorry to hear that.

    Coons are so miserable! [​IMG]
  3. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
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    I'm sorry - that's frustrating!!
  4. SteveH

    SteveH Songster

    Nov 10, 2009
    West/Central IL
    That's a tough break , I feel your pain . You may to have to go with a couple of electric wires placed so they can't dig under or climb on the pen and do some trapping 'cause once they find an easy meal they usually just keep coming back .
  5. bucketgirl

    bucketgirl In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2009
    Snohomish, WA
    >:[ Grr... hating raccoons right along with you.

    Mystery to me why they are protected by everyone and even fed by a few people.
  6. Bantimna

    Bantimna Songster

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    Sounds just like Rooi Katte aroung here. [​IMG]
  7. mike67909

    mike67909 Chirping

    Dec 22, 2009
    Pinckney, Michigan
    That stinks. We lost 11 chickens this weekend left the door open on the coop and a coon got 4 roosters and 7 hens. not my FR's though
  8. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    A live trap baited with marshmallows or sliced apples works great. You don't catch the family cat (or the neighbor's cat) that way. Once, I caught 5 in about a week and a half. That seemed to clear out the group that had us targeted.

    What appears to happen, sometimes anyway, (just making guesses based on what I've seen here) is that a gang of coons, probably a family, mom and babies, will find your free lunch counter. Then they'll keep coming back until all the birds are gone, or you stop them.

    Once you capture or kill that group, usually things will be ok, at least for awhile. There are lots of raccoons around us, we're out in the sticks. But I've only had raccoon trouble twice, in about 12 years. Once was last year, when I caught the 5, the other was when we first moved here, we trapped 2 and shot 3. Oh, one other time, a single raccoon was stealing the food from our outdoor cats, one of he dogs treed him, my DH shot him. That one went in the crock pot, after I brined hm for a week in the fridge, really tasty!

    Where I am, I can do whatever I want with them, and FYI, raccoon is delicious.

    If you are in an area where you can't shoot them, or otherwise dispose of them, you can call either Fish and Game, or Animal Control, and most places they'll come and get them. Then it's their problem. Even out here, the game warden will come pick up a coon or other varmint if you call them.

    There is an area no too far from us, about 20 miles, where there are no humans habitations anywhere close, there's a river, and a lot of woods. Plenty of wild food sources, and easy access to water. I have released raccoons there, if I didn't have time to butcher them. I would NEVER release them where they would be likely to become a problem for others. I just don't like to kill something I'm not going to eat, unless I really have to. Wild animals have no concept of ownership, they just find food, and take it. They aren't evil, they aren't out to get you. They're just surviving. I don't try to "get even" or try to punish them. There's no point. I just do what's needed to protect my poultry, pets, home, and garden.
  9. jBlaze

    jBlaze Songster

    Oct 25, 2008
    Sorry to hear about this.

    Nice post Jenny.
  10. petrelline

    petrelline Songster

    Feb 13, 2009
    Los Gatos, CA
    Aw, man, that SUUUCCCKS. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I've lost a bunch of chickens to raccoons over the years. I don't trap or shoot mine but I do build all my brooders and pens double-strong now with actual LOCKS on the doors to make sure they don't get in, and keep all the feed in locked bins as well. They're clever @#&*@&#@ and they can do so much damage in a single night. Grrrrr.

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