Weasel !!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by harri, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. harri

    harri In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2011
    Rhode Island
    I was sipping my coffe this morning before work looking out the kitchen window at the coop, when I saw a funny looking "squirrel" running around the coop then go into it. I went out to investigate but I could not find anything. So I went back in to top of my cup before leaving for work when the chickens began running and flying frantically in the run, then I saw it chasing the girls. I went back out to the coop and came face to face with a small dark colored weasel. It didn't even care i was there.
    After going in for a gun it was gone when i got back. None of the girls were harmed. I hope that remains true when i get home.
    I plan on setting a trap tonight. Does anyone know what to use for bait?

  2. BirdyMe

    BirdyMe Songster

    Oh my goodness...close call!

    I've never had to deal with a weasel myself (oddly enough), but everything I've read or heard about them says to use fresh, bloody meat as bait. You might also try canned cat food?

    Hope you catch it!
  3. mixitup

    mixitup Chirping

    Apr 10, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    I used liver. But that was after it had killed two and came back. Same as yours, didn't care that I was there. I hope it's going to be okay. I had a trap set, darn thing squeezed right through it, I had to shoot it. Good luck!
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2012
  4. FishinHank

    FishinHank Chirping

    Apr 14, 2012
    If you get another one in the coop, build a box big enough for a rat trap (the ones with the yellow plastic pan works best). Drill a 1.5" or 2" hole in the front so the hole is directly above the pan of the rat trap. Put some bloody meat in the box and there you have it, a weasel specific set. Make sure you build the box big enough so the rat trap can go off without getting jammed up inside. milk carton (half gallon or bigger) will also work in a pinch.

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