What chews through chicken wire?

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

  1. L&Schickens

    L&Schickens Songster

    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 Songster

    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

    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 Songster

    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 Chirping

    Dec 16, 2008
    Better yet grab the shotgun from your hubby and walk towards the trap mumbling"it's personal" [​IMG]
  8. Cheryl

    Cheryl Songster

    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 Songster

    Dec 15, 2008
    north east Georgia
    Its a coon watch out their mean little devils
  10. L&Schickens

    L&Schickens Songster

    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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