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Tay Saves The Day! (Raccoon For Breakfast, Anyone? -PICS!)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bluey, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    Free Ranging chickens is a dangerous business. Even when you are as methodical as I am, the safety of chickens can still be a crapshoot at best.

    But, because I have an observant ally in my DW Tay (Stacey), my chickens will live to see another day.

    On any other workday, our chickens would be let out of the coop at 7AM and we all would be off for work/school.

    This morning at 7:25 am, Tay saw something examining the coop [​IMG] and pawing at it. We have two kittens but Tay knew right away, this was no cat...it was a raccoon, and in broad daylight too!

    Some of the chickens were in the bottom of the coop just waiting to be let out and the only thing seperating them from certain death was hardware cloth.

    Tay woke me immediately and grabbed my gun. A few shots from the .22 and we had our predator.


    Don't mind the sleepy wax, I'd only been up less than 5 minutes...


    Tay!!!...Our savior and the flock returning from an eventful morning.


    Gratuitous "chickens on ice" shot...


    ...and lastly, Perry our roo... We're still wondering whether he'll fight to the death to protect the flock if need be. Thankfully, we spared him of such services today...he's such a pretty and gentle bird.


    Wow!...what an eventful Sunday morning! It's a miracle and blessing that Mr. Raccoon showed up on the day he did and not an hour later or we may have had a massacre on our hands.

    The raccoon actually chewed through and broke a rubber mallet handle that we use to lock up the smaller coop if you look closely at picture 3.

    My lovely wife, Tay saved the day!!! [​IMG]

  2. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    Way to go STACEY!!!!!! [​IMG] She's a keeper, dontcha think bluey [​IMG]

    BTW........your so lucky to not still have a foot&1/2 of snow. I sawthat green grass trying to survive. I am sooooo ready for spring.........my birds are too limited.
  3. ml

    ml Songster

    Mar 4, 2007
    Way to go Tay, and love that Roo. He looks like a keeper to me too.

  4. Dill

    Dill Chilling Out

    Nov 10, 2008
    From the BYC Rules :

    4. No Trolling (posting to provoke others, luring them to flame or rant). Trolling is sometimes done involuntary, so please be considerate when posting.
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  5. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:Dill, this is in the Predators and Pests section of BYC. Maybe you should read the sticky by Terrielacy at the top of this forum before posting.

    Good job on the raccoon. Any animal trying to kill my chickens will hopefully meet the same fate. Tell your wife good shot!
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  6. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I'm glad they do show up when you click Recent Posts so we can see how to better defend our chickens. [​IMG]
  7. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    Quote:Absolutely, she's a keeper! She treats me like gold...god only knows why... [​IMG]

    Up until yesterday, we had about 4 inches of ice everywhere. We were in the mid fifties all day and most of the evening...it worked wonders!

    My chickens are loving getting their world back! We're also sooo ready for spring.

  8. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

    Mar 31, 2008
    Lebanon, TN
    Perry is a very handsome fella. Love that lacing!
  9. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    critter stew for everyone! it's been a week of predator whacking! go Tay!
  10. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Songster

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    Glad you got him!

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