What is a good poison?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dixygirl, May 15, 2008.

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  1. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    I have 2 peafowl, 5 ducks and 2 chicks. The peahen is sitting on 7 eggs currently. They are all very meticulously contained however, I woud love to allow them to wander around on the property free range.

    The problem with that are the foxes, opossums, racoons, owls, and hawks. :mad:

    The ducks and chicks are a month old and I am fencing in the yard now. Can I keep them in the fenced in yard during the day time even though these preditors are around?

    I just got a live animal trap and set it with some tasty ground beef yesterday. I anxiously went out this morning at 5 am and found the trap door closed but no animal inside! The trap was filled with dirt! Looks like the fox kicked dirt all around the trap trying to cover it. I am inclined to put out ground beef with poison in it.
    What is a good poison and where can I get it? I don't think rat poison would be effective enough. So I think instead of dealing with all these blasted traps I will just toss out raw ground beef seasoned with a tasty strong poison. I'm GOING to get them!

    What poison should I use?
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  2. meriruka

    meriruka Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    I really would not recommend poison. Even though I have no idea how far out in the boonies you are, there is always the potential to poison someone's dog, cat, small child or even your own chickens if they get loose.

    If you make your coop and run predator proof, then you don't have to worry so much. There's lots of info on keeping critters away from your chickens in the predators & pests topics. Not trying to sound mean or anything, I would just hate for there to be an accident.......
  3. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    Thanks for your opinion and I already have a wonderfully enclosed facility that is about 28 feet by 15 feet. Actually it is a carport that I caged in. But I don't feel my animals should have to be prisoners. So I am going to do this.

    Again my question is what is a good poison?
    Last edited: May 15, 2008
  4. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    If someone's dog or cat is roaming my property, I can actually shoot them legally so spiked ground beef should be the least of their concerns. Again anyone with knowedge of poisons?
  5. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Rat poison may be all you can get readily, but I dunno. It;s designed to kill mammals like rats so I should think it would do in the others you've mentioned. Try it and see... what have you got to lose?
    Heres a doozy for you, since you aren't after delicate, humane methods.

    Smear a soft sponge with bacon grease and jab it onto a pointed stick set in the ground. A fox (and I presume other preds) will eat it and the sponge will clog up it's intestines and kill it.

    Not pleasant, but neither is poison.
  6. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    There is no good poison.

    Unintended victims.

  7. hdchic

    hdchic Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    my FIL put out some Coke in a pan ...animals can't belch like we can, so you can imagine what happens. Takes them about 5 steps and they are done.
  8. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    Thanks. I tried the delicate humane live trap. It does not kill the animal but rather, I was going to drive it and free it in the woods somewhere ELSE.

    That did not work yet and I am not in a mood to twirl my thumbs. I once put these rat poison trays down for rats, and found more and more rat turds around it. Seems like the rats were just having a banquet on the "poision" I hear that it only dehydrates them or something very slowly. Also it works by weight. So I would have to use pounds of rat poison to kill a fox and it might just make him sick and not kill him [​IMG] .

    Any other suggestions are welcome.
  9. poopcoop

    poopcoop Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    Swansea, SC
    I think you would be fine during the day to let them roam free. The predators that you are talking about all dwell at night (except the hawk) and your not going to poison the hawk. Keep your gun close to the door and get some Guineas. They will let you know when something isn't right. I live on 18 acres and surrounded by hundreds, I have the same predators plus coyotes.
  10. Bi0sC0mp

    Bi0sC0mp Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    there bascily is no poison on the market you could use either have to use a repelent or a ultra sound device or just start shooting them on the spot most simple way
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