Valiant young rooster brings fight back to assailant

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ShiftyShickens, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. ShiftyShickens

    ShiftyShickens Songster

    Dec 12, 2017
    the Great Mitten
    so awhile back i had posted questions about the dangers of opossums. having taken care of a few over time i had felt confident my flock was safe, but alas... yesterday morning seemed normal with feeding time at dawn as usual, but as roll-call carried on it became clear someone was missing and in fact with that small notion i began to really look around to find to my horror entire tuffs of feathers mottled in various areas that clearly had been torn out. poor girl. Ms. clucks was found shortly thereafter under the stairs of the coop completely mangled, she must have fought very hard because the fight started on one side of the coop and ended outside by what i could tell. she was a real sweetie, bless her poor chicken soul. so instantly i go on the hunt and in all the scoping i actually found a tooth! ha! serves him right! among the carnage i inspected the rest of the flock to find that nearly every bird had been attacked,with a large patch of feathers being completely ripped out on my smallest mama's back. i was livid to say the least. now we move on to booga-jin. booga-jin is my breeder stock pure barred rock cockrel that is such a sweetie, nicest chicken by standard( since he isn't fully grown yet and mean ) and apparently a bad to the bone bird. he is totally messed up ( keep in mind he's three months old ) has gashes on his entire head from comb to wattle, the whole comb is black and blue from bruising, he's missing feathers on his front, back, sides, and wings. he was covered in blood on his feet, and i mean COVERED his legs were almost black with the blood of the enemy. something tells me he's the reason why there was a tooth in the coop...oh and he chipped the front tip of his beak off. it's gone! he is messed up! but still eating and drinking and socializing like nothing ever happened! savage! anyways. before nightfall i locked fifteen birds in the brooder cage since i knew it was completely safe, and waited. first check of the night yielded the culprit, a huge opossum nasty and wounded from the night before but still back for more reaching into the brooder cage grabbing whatever he could......big mistake buddy. in fact the last mistake he ever made as the only swing-able object in the coop is the large hatchet i use for culling. wasn't expecting to catch him like that but there was no way i was letting him scott-free. NO WAY. my girls were skittish all day since the night before, for good reason. but once i dispatched the nasty in question and they saw it happen right on the side of the cage they began to coo and caw happily and even started flying out of the sky-port to greet me and peck at my shoes. safe again treats and love were administered properly, along with medical care for jin and lady. the family may have lost a wonderful member, but the enemy did not go unpunished and for that i say victory!
  2. 4 ever Orpington

    4 ever Orpington Mr.& Mrs Orpington

    Nov 5, 2017
    Well done! Sorry for your troubles. :hugs
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    I'm glad we don't have Opposum in Alberta....
  4. AllenK RGV

    AllenK RGV Chicken Addict

    I really love how you spin this yarn. You should tell us all more of your tales!
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

    May 11, 2010
    You gotta do what you gotta do.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Opossoms are truly one predator that looks as hideous as their behavior. Ugh. We have them running around night and sometimes day - they even poo on the lawn -:sick
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  7. Mr Pink

    Mr Pink Songster

    Opossums = Zombie Rats
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  8. Sublight

    Sublight Songster

    Jun 2, 2016
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  9. The old saying about someone being in the dark should refer to a chicken being attacked by a Predator. After dark chickens are totally and completely at the mercy of whatever it is that is trying to eat them. Unfortunately possums don't show mercy to chickens. But possums are big babies and you can stop a possum assault with a wristbroom. Belabor the possum around the head and shoulders and it will sull up like last years news. Then it is perfectly safe to grab the tip of the possum's prehensile tail and transport the possum to the field of execution. Just hold the possum out and away from your body just incase Pogo suddenly comes out of his stupor.
  10. I didn't think that pooping on lawns was a possum vice. I always thought that after a possum relieved itself that it simply turned around and did brunch. :sick :sick
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