Weasel living in rooster coop with rooster?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Buttercup14, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. Buttercup14

    Buttercup14 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a lone rooster in a coop by himself.
    We have a red heat light in it as it's been -30 F here.

    We have weasel tracks that we've been noticing since mid December. No tracks have been found by the other coop with the hens (coop is about acre away). We have wood piles by rooster coop and lots of mice usually (no mice have been found in traps since December) but now we see the weasel tracks back and forth between wood piles and going under rooster coop.

    It hit -40F for a week. Only one set of weasel tracks into/under? Coop at the beginning of the week. No activity during the very cold spell.

    Last two weeks -30 again, weasel tracks and looks like weasel may be living under coop but I notice there's snow wiped away from a spot under coop door that's about 1/2" high and tracks leading to it.
    Run door got left open by accident one night. (I open it during <-20F days)

    Last 3 mornings I notice weasel tracks (only one set) going to that opening in coop door. It's obvious something is crawling through as snow/shavings are cleared away.
    It's not mice tracks plus feed isn't disappearing anymore than usual.

    My rooster is fine.
    They can't be living together during the cold nights can they?? It's crazy.
     
  2. Zoomie

    Zoomie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All I can do is guess, here... if the weasel is not hungry due to lots of mice it might not go after the rooster. Also if the roo holds very still, maybe it does not realize the rooster is there. All that can change in a hurry, though. I would suggest trying very hard to keep the weasel out of the coop. I doubt that situation will end well for the rooster.
     
  3. TalkALittle

    TalkALittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Perhaps the weasel is filling up on mice and hasn't seen a need yet to take your rooster. I wouldn't bet that it won't eventually happen and probably sooner rather than later. Secure that coop!
     
  4. Buttercup14

    Buttercup14 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ive put a heavy piece of board up against the bottom of the door for tonight until I can think of how to secure it.
    is rather my rooster be safe than keep the weasel cozy and warm at night lol
     
  5. Beer can

    Beer can Overrun With Chickens

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    I had a weasel come around a couple years ago. Didn't bother the birds but it worried me beings my dad lost almost a whole flock to one yrs ago, and some people on here have had the same happen.
    He ended up catching it with a rat trap.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I'd move the board and put a trap opening right on the inside of the door where it's going in......
    .....catch that varmit and dispatch before it starts munching on your bird
     
  7. birdmanmax

    birdmanmax Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think it is actually a weasel in that cold mice would not move much and the weasel would be highly tempted to kill the rooster. Trust me if there is a weasel he certainly knows there's a rooster around. I have been a long time weasel trapper and after many traps and weasel catches I find it hard to distinguish between weasel tracks and red squirrel tracks they are just about the same size and in the snow it is very hard to tell the difference between the tracks. Also I once put a heavy piece of wood over a hole against one of my pheasant coops about a 5-10Ib block and the weasel moved it got in the cage and killed a few birds. Make sure everything is secure even if it isn't a weasel.
     
  8. beckt

    beckt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had trouble with mink. Lost a flock of ducks and my first flock of chickens except the roo. Used live trap and cought it before getting any new birds. I did not know what was killing them till it got cought. Also had a ferret show up one time and it attacked our goose. Hubby took care of that one.
     

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