Weasel

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by LeviS, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. LeviS

    LeviS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So last night quite the event unfolded. But quick background first: about a month ago something got in and killed 2 geese and roughly 10 young chickens. I had thought it was a skunk, because I could always smell it. Every night after that, there were scratch marks and holes dug all over both hen houses. On my older hens house, there is an actual hole where it looks like it lives (under my hen house). Any who, I've had a live trap there with cat food and milk in it every night since and had never caught anything. The scratching all around the coop stopped and I hadn't lost another bird.

    Well last night I got home late, (a whole hour later than I normally shut the chickens) and sure enough there's a dead hen in the yard near the hen house. So I ran into the coops to make sure everyone else was alright, didn't see any other signs of struggle or anyone else missing...so I get both coops closed up and go back to the corpse. Which is now "butting" up against the chicken coop, something's trying to pull it under it!

    I timidly pull the hen back a way's from the coop and out pops the biggest weasel head I have ever seen, and grabs it back and starts trying to tug it back under. So I fly down to the house to get the .22, no bullets! [​IMG] So I run back up there and grab the only thing I could see on hand in the dark. A spade. I repeat the process, pull the hen away from the coop and sure enough it immediately popped out to grab it back.

    I lunged down with the spade and managed to pin it's head down, but like I said this thing is huge! I kind of lost my balance as it started tugging back and the spade butted up against the coop. I still had him by the head, so I jammed down on the shovel with my foot. I didn't quite get as much force onto it as needed though, with the wall right there, and he slipped out. He kind of arched his neck and twisted a little and before I really could register that I didn't make a fatal blow, he pulled back under the coop.

    Assuming that that would have had to kill him, I went inside. It was pitch black, not much else I could do, so I just left the hen there. ( a distance away from the coop )......this morning it was butted back up against the coop in the same spot. Mission: failure. [​IMG]

    The hen that he got, was of course, the most tragic one to get....typical. She was my broody hen that has four chicks, she keeps them in a pet carrier that I set outside the coop during the day. At night she puts her babies and herself in there, and I move it into the coop. [​IMG]I did find all four babies, scattered around the yard. Mortified. I didn't know what else to do with them, so I hastily put them under another brooder that's hatching golf balls. She didn't fuss, and this morning there heads were poking out from under her and she growled at me...so i'm hoping she takes them.

    But now for the big problem, what to do with that SOB! It's too much to hope for that I will ever get a chance like that again (not that I honestly want one either). Any other recommendations on traps? Or anything else?

    Still just floored on how big that thing was, I had always thought weasels were kind of small but this things head was a big smaller than my fist!
     
  2. coffeecluck

    coffeecluck Out Of The Brooder

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    go buy some rounds for that .22 you have then sit and wait.
     
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  3. LeviS

    LeviS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I guess he wasn't as big as I had thought, but he was still ferocious enough. Growling and shrieking at me. I didn't let the hens sacrifice go in vain, and used her as bait.
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    Also, luckily, my other cluck did accept this hen's orphan chicks. Which is a huge relief.
     
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  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Congrats of your catch! Glad he won't be dining on your birds anymore.
     
  5. LeviS

    LeviS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I was quite surprised that that worked. i thought he would have been a lot more cautious after the shovel attack.

    I just hope that's the last of it, they are rather solitary and territorial not? There wouldn't be another one working with him? Or rather until another one eventually moves in.

    I'm still not 100% sure that the skunk is gone either, but then again, I don't know if the skunk had anything to do with it either. Since the skunk has been at my place for the past 4 years and had never bothered anything. I could just smell skunk constantly when I went in my henhouse, shortly after the first massacre.

    Either way, lesson learned. Even as little as an hour after sunset is too late to lock them up, which leaves a small window to get out there, since my birds like to stay out till the very last minute.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Glad you caught that weasel!
     
  7. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is an awesome catch...congratulations.
     
  8. gmfwlbrdr

    gmfwlbrdr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great catch but that is a Mink ,i hope you didnt release him ,they can travel 2 miles in a home range and be back in no time ,, make sure he dont come back ,if its a male no others may follow but if it is a female they're may just be half grown young nearby.
     
  9. Jokerturtle123

    Jokerturtle123 New Egg

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    This red pest has been attacking my chickens and redistributing their eggs
     
  10. LeviS

    LeviS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea, that's what I was told last night when neighbors looked at it. I had no idea we even had those in our area, but I guess it did seem awfully large for a weasel.

    I put a bullet in it, so that problem is done. After seeing all those birds laying their dead with a bite out of their head, there wasn't any pity. I just hope there's not others around and that that was what was doing it. Do mink's got on rampages like weasels?
     
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  11. gmfwlbrdr

    gmfwlbrdr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mink are thrill killers is what ive been told,I personally have saw mink chase a cottontail then track it down like a dog would trail ,then ambush and kill the rabbit ,, Mink i fear more than coon because they are harder to detect because they can get through smaller wire spaces.
     

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