What is it?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Joev1973, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. TooCheep

    TooCheep Songster

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    Possums can be potentially dangerous, but are far from the worst predators to deal with. Just keep your birds well protected at night and they aren't much of a problem. Possums are actually beneficial in the environment as they eat thousands of ticks/year.
     
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  2. sealer39

    sealer39 Crowing

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    Well, I don’t know what kind of possums y’all have in your state but in Louisiana they are vicious. Here they are just as bad or worse than raccoons.
     
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  3. Joev1973

    Joev1973 Songster

    The coop is fort knox. Nothings getting in. The pen is another story but we put the birds away every evening and let them out every morning.

    Have bigger things to worry about than a possum. Several fox showed up on cam also. So far no trouble except from hawks.
     
  4. Punkybrewster

    Punkybrewster Songster

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    I would rather have opossum than a fisher. A fisher would get in and destroy everything. Even a fort nox coop. They are ruthless.
     
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  5. CalBickieMomma

    CalBickieMomma Songster

    We get possums all the time and I’ve never had problems with them. Then again, my coop/run is well secured and we do have dogs who keep them at bay. They typically come to eat the cat food out front ;).
     
  6. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Partially Enlightened

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    Same for the Texas ones.
    Nasty things.
     
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  7. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Everyone is wrong. It is a Virginia Opossum. Just kidding unless you are from south of US border with other similar opossum species. Those little dudes and dudets are a pain in the butt. Big ones are fairly easy to keep out, but the young ones, man they are as bad as snakes when it comes to getting into pens and eating eggs. At night half grown and better opossums can be very hard on roosting adults, especially hens roosting low on eggs or with chicks.

    I have taken to culling them as they can also put a dent in your feed.
     
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  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    If they get cornered/threatened they can be vicious and they have wicked, curved, flesh ripping lower canines.
     
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  9. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    Possum... I had a possum several years ago kill a bird. I left the bird as bait and it came back and I caught it. I see them occasionally on one of my cameras. This one was getting into my barn and getting the rat bait. It tore open the rat bait boxes. After some research I found out they have an immunity to rat bait. I was wondering why whole chunks would be missing. Now I have the bait boxes where the possums can't get to them.
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  10. ShannonR

    ShannonR Crowing

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    There is a possum that lives (I think) under the next door neighbor's house. I was sitting on my porch last night, heard some loud rustling and sure enough, out comes Mr. Possum. I yelled at him, but he really doesn't do any harm (so far).
     

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