What a Night

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by whitecra, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. whitecra

    whitecra Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Well it is almost 2 in the morning and Austin(my son) and I have been outside hunting a possum. I let one of the odgs out and noticed that my chickens were out of the small barn we have them in. They were in the fenced in area of their pen. They don't do this so I knew something was wrong. Went in their pen and up on their roost was a possum. I went and got Austin and a rake and shovel and flash light. We went in the barn. Austin started hitting him with the rake. We finally got him of the roost and on the ground. He went to the back of the barn. We were both hitting him. He was hurt enough finally that I could get him between the shoval and rake and took him out of the pen. Then Austin hit him again and killed him. All this time Rob (my husband) is in the house sleeping. All of my chickens are in the pen. I will be able to tell more in the morning how they really are. I hate possums. They eat my eggs and try to eat the chickens. I hope there isn't any more. I need to set a trap tomorrow and see if there is more. Now to get to bed and try to sleep.

  2. heatherscreations1969

    heatherscreations1969 Chirping

    Sep 14, 2011
    Derbyshire UK
    Hope all is well this morning babe....get them traps out quick [​IMG]
  3. whitecra

    whitecra Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Everything seems ok right now. I hope I don't have any more. I am going to set my traps today. You know I like this web site but don't post much, The reason I don't post it doesnt seem to matter what I post I don't get many repost. If I have a ? or anything. Makes me not want to come on here much.
  4. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Songster

    Jun 25, 2011
    Milner, Georgia
    There's more for sure. I've killed 6 in 2 weeks.
  5. whitecra

    whitecra Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Quote:I caught 2 babies a couple of weeks ago and now this one. I hope they get in the traps and leave the chickens alone.
  6. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Bet it would have been a coon here.... though my last losses were coyote. Sigh, everyone loves chicken.
  7. stubbornhill

    stubbornhill Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Shapleigh, Maine
    Good job using your judgement and checking the situation before morning Chris! Glad it was a good outcome for you. PS Also glad your husband is there for protection in the middle of the night! [​IMG] Just kidding with you! My husband is the same way. Sound Sleeper!
  8. whitecra

    whitecra Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Quote:Yeah he is and he had to get up early for work or I would of woke him up. My son was still up so I got him to help.
  9. cassidy22

    cassidy22 Chirping

    Apr 20, 2011
    Front Range - Colorado
    Is there a way to close up their night shelter so nothing can get in? Can't live long on lack of sleep from chasing possums all night. I'm not sure we have them around here. But we do have foxes, coyotes, owls, hawks and eagles. If it's too warm to lock them up, I make sure my dogs have access to scare away any predators. In the winter, everyone gets closed in, and the dogs can stay in where it's warm at night. I don't like feeding predators chicken dinners!!
  10. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Songster

    Jun 19, 2011
    Glad you got the possum, and it didn't get any of your birds.Keep your traps set, because there are probably more. I haven't caught any possums in the live trap yet, just coons, cats, 1 small dog and a skunk.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by