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What chews through chicken wire?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by L&Schickens, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. L&Schickens

    L&Schickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2008
    Washington State
    I found 4 dead chickens, heads off partially eaten and skinned, and 2 injured. There is a 3 inch round hole in the chicken wire. Something small got in, but I have no idea how it got two 6 pound Jersey Giant hens through the hole. It also took 2 large mixed breed hens. My EE roo is badly injured as well as an EE hen. I am thankfull none of my Welsummers were killed.
    I will post pictures of the hole in the wire later.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks so much.
     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2008
  2. TaLani

    TaLani ~ Gemini Chick ~

    Oct 2, 2008
    Bryson City, NC
    Maybe a possum or racoon. [​IMG]
     
  3. buck-wild-chick

    buck-wild-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Hamilton C. FL
    Weasels? Sorry for your loss
     
  4. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Sounds like a Raccoon to me. I am so sorry! [​IMG]
     
  5. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    I'd say coon for sure. they are known to go through chicken wire and also known to take off the heads.
     
  6. L&Schickens

    L&Schickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2008
    Washington State
    Alright then. I will set my trap for a racoon, but they are so hard to catch in trap. I have an idea though. I will put the trap on the inside of the cage with the opening where the hole is. I am sure he will come back tonight for the next course. Then, I will get hubby to shoot him. No re-locating a varmet like that. [​IMG]
     
  7. Hackles

    Hackles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Better yet grab the shotgun from your hubby and walk towards the trap mumbling"it's personal" [​IMG]
     
  8. Cheryl

    Cheryl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sorry for your loss...As a reminder, chicken wire keeps chickens in, while many animals who really wants it can get through it...wrap some hardware cloth around the bottom
     
  9. davidb

    davidb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its a coon watch out their mean little devils
     
  10. L&Schickens

    L&Schickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2008
    Washington State
    Here is the hole I put a blue plastic lid behind it so you could see it better in one picuture.

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