Tough lessons learned

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Peepthis541, May 9, 2009.

  1. Peepthis541

    Peepthis541 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 25, 2008
    Eugene, OR
    Well, a raccoon finally found my hens and took out a total of two out of 5 two nights in a row. One per night. The first hen to go was my barred rock. She was an odd hen in that she chose not to sleep with the others and roosted in a non secured enclosure separate from the rest of the flock.
    My mistake was thinking that my coop (housing the other four) was secure from a raccoon who now knew were to get a meal, even if he had to work a bit for it. So, the next night (two nights ago), I rested relatively easy, but woke to the shock of my "secure" coop being compromised. I still don't know exactly how the raccoon got into the coop, but he did, and took one of the remaining four, leaving three.
    I couldn't rest well after this, so I set a trap last night at caught the raccoon with some cat food. I was very relieved to catch him. I let him sit in that trap all day today and at the end of the day drove him miles away and dropped him off in the woods. I contemplated tethering the cage and tossing it in the river until it drowned, but I was reminded by a friend that the raccoon was just following his instincts.
    I suppose this was a good experience for me, to learn not to take for granted the safety of these animals with predators about. I had to deal with two dead hens, which was somewhat of a powerful experience.
    While I am grateful that I was lucky enough to nab the culprit, my flock getting reduced from 5 to 3 in two short nights has taught me to be more wary than I was before.

  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Sorry for your loss. It's like losing a member of the family. But....

    Now you create a raccoon problem for someone else, miles away?

    And unless it was more than 5 miles, as the Gubernator would say, "He'll be back!"
    Last edited: May 9, 2009
  3. BorderKelpie

    BorderKelpie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2009
    outside Dallas
    I am sorry for your loss. I do hope that's the only raccoon you have. You may set the trap another night or two just to be sure.
    What a heartbreaking experience for you. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 9, 2009
  4. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    im sorry i would have shoot the coon, even though you drove him miles away, he could still find his way back, if he doesnt he is someone elses problem now he knows he can get a meal at peoples homes, also leave your trap you more them likley have more coons hope i was some help to ya
  5. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    Quote:Yea, that's what I do, I am just following my instinct.

    Can't humans have instincts anymore?
  6. danielbrown

    danielbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2009
    Spartanburg, sc
    sorry for your loss.

    Coons are smart and this coon now knows to avoid traps. A Coon that is trap smart is really hard to deal with. If he comes back you have a trap smart Coon problem. Or somebody else now has a trap smart Coon problem.

    Next time you catch a coon, kill it.
  7. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
    I had a trap set the other night for some feral cats. Ended up getting a possum. I don't have chickens right now and debated what to do with the possum. I knew the possum would probably never re-enter the trap if I let it go. The wire mesh in the Havahart must have been made in China with lead solder being as the possum suddenly contracted lead-poisoning and croaked. I placed him gently and reverantly beside the white stripe at the edge of the highway....the high-flyin' turkeys had a fine breakfast that morning. [​IMG]

  8. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

  9. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:............and add mushroom soup, some 'tators, carrots, and onions. Place in crockpot and chow down!!!!
  10. redstars

    redstars Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2009
    south dartmouth ma
    Don't be sad to have to put it down, Be happy you can give a another critter like a buzzard an easy lunch, look at it like goverment aid...... Like a bail out!.. ya!... A Bail out!....Thats it. Everyone would like a Bail out. It's a good thing. A Buzzard Bail out.[​IMG]

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