Help, I'm in a sticky situation and I need to know, what would you do? I've raised chickens with few predator problems for the past 5 years. Occasionally a raccoon goes on a rampage but I can deal with them. They're easy to trap. About two months ago my 20 brooder chicks were killed when a mink got into their cage- 1"x1" hardware cloth. When I finally caught the bugger I was stunned, it was white. Since then I've lost dozens more chickens, ducks and rabbits. I continued to set traps and caught two more mink that were jet black! When I happened to mention it to our babysitter she said that the mink they raise (two miles from us) are black and white and wild mink are brown. They started rasing mink less than two years ago. Now I don't know what to do. I've easily lost $500 worth of birds and rabbits to these mink, many were rare birds that are not easily replaced. I can't prove that all of them were lost to mink but anything that was left behind had all the signs of a mink attack. These folks are incredibly nice people, I don't want to get into a battle or blame-game with them, I don't even know if I want to ask for compensation. The hardest part for me is that it's nearly impossible to make a coop mink-proof since they can get through the tiniest holes. These mink are jeapordizing my ability to keep chickens at all! Even if I did get compensation for the damage that has been done, getting rid of an escaped mink colony could be impossible. What would you do?