Surviving Minnesota!

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by Bogtown Chick, Nov 18, 2015.

  1. KlopKlop

    KlopKlop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is probably the best thing you could have done. i suspect the culprit stayed in the area in hopes to come back and finish the meal
     
  2. KlopKlop

    KlopKlop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bundled down all my chickens for the night. i feel the worst for the corn crib coop. i got out a can of foam spray to try and seal up some gaps but it was too cold according to the directions for application. couldn't find my staple gun to cover the walls either. i did however give them much of that messed straw bale in the coop to cuddle up in. i have learned much about that coop in this cold. the eggs in that coop freeze way quicker than the other coop too
     
  3. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    Kloppers this is going to sound bad but I don't know our square footage in this house. Upstairs was finished - basement was not. I know what our final cost was though.
     
  4. Coffee 1st

    Coffee 1st Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear about your rooster Ralphie.. Hope you catch whatever got him..
     
  5. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

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    Ralph sorry about your roo. I am going with a fisher or mink. Be careful!! Theu are killing machines and will kill a coop full of birds in a night!
     
  6. Shat. Bad enough dealing with the cold. I thought weasel. But what do i know. I am sure you will get em. Not a lot to eat around now. Sorry buddy.
     
  7. Bogtown Chick

    Bogtown Chick Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow you'd think ALL the critters would be taking cover in this cold and hunting in fairer temps. I guess it was pretty hungry to come in like that. Sounds weaselish that's for sure.
     
  8. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    Could be a mink. I think I am too close to the Minnesota Mason Dixon line for a fisher. I have never heard of them south of Mille Lacs Lake. That is about 50 miles north of here But they could be. I am racking my brain trying to figure it out. The tracks could be mink, but the snow was fluffy enough to not leave a distinctive track.

    Coons should be drowsy on a cold night like this, Possum should be dead on a night like this. I Suppose an Owl could have hit it and the tracks were just a coincidence from a squirrel or rabbit earlier.

    Weasel tracks are so small, but they would be active in this weather.

    I had to particular feelings towards this rooster so there is no emotional stuff. I am just worried about my other birds. As Holm said a nasty fur bearer could clean me out.

    A coyote or fox would have taken the carcass. A real mystery.
     
  9. Cluckies

    Cluckies Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Oh no, sorry about your roo Ralphie. I hope it wasn't a weasel or mink, like Holm said, they'll come back and take down a whole coop in one night. they don't bite the head off I guess, they bite the neck and drink the blood, them move onto the next one till they are all dead i've heard [​IMG]

    So cold! Went to monticello for DD birthday supper, then hit the wally world for some socks and summer sausage. was just heading home when DD called and said she was at Cub in plymouth and her car wouldn't start... How long were we in Wally world? cripes. anywhoo, had to run down there, got her up and going. Didn't get home until after 10, so, I got to freeze cleaning the run tonight.

    I'll admit it though, I'm a softy, I broke down and put a heat lamp in the run last night. don't worry, bulb covered by hardware cloth, put up really securely, no risk of fire. It kept the run about 10 degrees or so today. I hope the sun is out tomorrow though. sigh...

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    Oh yeah, then when I came in all the smoke alarms were going off and would not stop, took out all the batteries, nope, had to unplug them all. Poor puppies were just howling... [​IMG]
     
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  10. ejb3810

    ejb3810 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ralphie if it had been a bird of prey that killed the roo you should have seen quite a pronounced mark in fluffy snow from wings on take off. Is it possible it was a feral cat? Other than that I would guess mink, but whatever it is likely to be back and would prefer a fresh kill to the one already deceased and frozen.
     

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