Weasel problem! PLEASE PLEASE HELP!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by into_my_web, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. into_my_web

    into_my_web Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today I went to see my animals that live in a large shed in my backyard. I have four rabbits, four rats, 8 chickens and two ducks. The shed is split in the middle so the ducks and chickens have one whole side and the rats (which are in cages) and the bunnies have the other side but the bunnies are not caged. So, when I saw them this morning they were all fine and they were all present. Later that day when my boyfriend came over we went to go see the animals and specifically check on the younger chicks to see if they were adjusting to the living with the older chickens well and we were surprised to see that most of our chickens including two young ones were outside and this made us curious because the young chickens do not usually go out. We went inside the shed and there with our bunnies was a weasel. Fortunately the bunnies were not harmed but the weasel savagely killed four of the young chickens who were about a month or two months old, he even beheaded one. The weasel went under the shed or even through the chicken wire to get to the back where the chickens go outside and came into the shed through the chicken door.
    If anyone has any idea how to get rid of our weasel problem please tell us.
    Also, if there is one weasel does this mean there will be more?
    And do we have any other choice than killing the weasel?
     
  2. CityClucks

    CityClucks The Center of a 50 Mile Radius

    Jan 31, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    I'm sorry this happened - weasels can get into really small spaces, so reinforce your coop with hardware cloth over the chicken wire and look for other holes in your shed where a weasel might enter.

    If there is one weasel, there are likely to be more weasels.

    Sorry, but you're right - the best way to ensure the weasel doesn't get any more of your animals is to trap and kill it.
     
  3. jqs birds

    jqs birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A trick to trapping weasels is to make a box large enough to set a rat trap inside. Drill a 1.5 inch hole in the side near the top. He will go in to investigate and when he is caught in the trap he cannot escape.
    I guess you understand you need to hinge the top and install a small hasp on the lid.
     
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  4. jqs birds

    jqs birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
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    What I would suggest is carry a pellet gun loaded with the sharp pellets at all times and also set out some traps.
     
  6. into_my_web

    into_my_web Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The weasel is currently hiding under the shed with it's "food" and I was told that the weasel wont leave until all the animals are gone, is this true? And would the weasel dig through the floor because the flooring is only a thin layer of wood?
     
  7. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard that playing a radio on low will
    scare away critters and Iintend to try it.
    shot one last last night. and this moring we are going to put
    brillo pads into the hole we found and cover it with roofing paper.
    critters dont seem to like to chew thu the brillo.
     
  8. into_my_web

    into_my_web Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I will try this but this weasel is very stubborn, it wont come out from under the shed at all and we've tried poking it with pipes and it didn't run away when we spotted it. It also grabbed a chickens body from our hands.
     
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