Weasels in North Texas?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ruralroute, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. ruralroute

    ruralroute Hatching

    Apr 12, 2008
    Weatherford, TX
    We recently moved our chickens to a newly renovated coop. Two nights ago we found three dead with their heads torn off:( Is there any possibility a weasel is the culprit? We live just west of Ft. Worth and I've never heard of weasels around here but the attack sounds like some of the posts I've read.

    The other possibility is a raccoon which may have unlatched a small window/door.

    I'm learning a ton from these boards - thanks so much!

  2. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    I've never seen or heard of weasels here. Did you say that a latch was undone? Possibly a raccoon, they are crafty little things, maybe someone accidentally left the latch open and a skunk got them. Sorry for losses.
  3. ruralroute

    ruralroute Hatching

    Apr 12, 2008
    Weatherford, TX
    Thanks Allanah! You confirmed what I thought - no outlaw packs of weasels running around Parker County [​IMG]
  4. richnchicks

    richnchicks In the Brooder

    Mar 30, 2008
    weatherford, tx.
    i have pics on my back yard game cam of raccoons and of course deer here in weatherford. lots of tracks, too, big ones. rich
  5. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Weasels pretty much range from Alaska to South America. No one ever sees them though as they are VERY sneaky and nocturnal.
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I have a dear friend that recently moved to Whitehouse, TX. She was telling me that in her neighborhood they are having a problem not with weasels, but with their cousin the ferret. Apparently someone turned some pet ferrets loose and they are thriving. What a weasel would get into is just what a ferret would like to. This is only a neighborhood-wide problem of course.
  7. AshJ

    AshJ Hatching

    Mar 30, 2015
    I don't know about weasels, but the old timers in Stephenville have told me it's skunks that take the heads. I lost one of my peacocks and lots of guineas like this. They waited in the tree for them to roost at night.

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