What animal dug this burrow?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by rod5591, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. rod5591

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    It is close to my chicken yard, on the other side of an old dog kennel. I just saw it yesterday. My dogs have been paying attention to the dog kennel for a couple of days now. The wood on top is an old pallet laying on its side. Measurement is 4 inches. Fresh dug dirt is at the entrance. What dug this burrow. I am in central Tennessee.
     

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  2. Could be anything. Rats make holes that large. But so do many other animals. Lift the pallet and see if you can follow the trail.
     
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  3. Compost King

    Compost King Songster

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    I found rats and Possums in the burrows like that I had.
     
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  4. PattyNH

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    I'd move the pallet and see what I could find- animal, hair, track... Could you put out a have-a-heart trap?
     
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  5. rod5591

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    I have a live catch trap out now, it will catch a possum but a rat can squeeze out of the 1 x 1 steel mesh.

    I didn't consider a rat cause I never heard of them burrowing into the ground, leaving earth trailings outside the burrow. I will move the pallet tomorrow and see what is there.
     
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  6. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    I'm betting groundhog, maybe skunk.:)
     
  7. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Crowing

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    I have some rat burrows by my coop, they look just like that except the soil is much darker but that must be because of the location. I can't take any pictures of them right now because it is dark but I set a trail camera up in front of the hole and got this-
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    The hole is right next to that 4x4 and goes underneath the coop. I have trapped 1 rat so far. I thought that was it because I did not catch anymore on camera or in traps for a few days but more burrows have started to pop up so there must be more, I have the camera set up tonight.
     
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  8. Kessel23

    Kessel23 Crowing

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    4 inches sounds a little big, I will measure mine tomorrow. 4 inches is to small for a groundhog.
     
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    For sure.
    Put out a rat trap instead.
     
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  10. rod5591

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    4C557F94-2A6E-4C61-8499-643DD97BA753.jpeg 2 Rat traps are deployed along with the live catch trap. We’ll see what the morning brings.
     
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