What is the best bait for live traps??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mmtillman, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps

    We will be releasing our 25 girls out in thier run soon and I wanna round up any predators before we do...I set my livetrap each night but seldom catch much more then neighbors cat and recently, my own kitty.....( that was a laugh ) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    So any bait ideas would be great!! Thanks...catfood catches cats and I hesitate to use raw chicken for bait....seems that would only encourage more visitors looking at my girls as potential meals?? [​IMG]
  2. HatTrickSilkies

    HatTrickSilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2007
    Eastern PA
    McDonald's french fries. I've caught everything from skunks, opossums, many raccoons and even cats with their fries.

    ~ Nikki
  3. mwdh1

    mwdh1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    I've used sardines with good success for raccoons before.
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Sardines will draw every cat in town too

    I like to use dry cat food, it's less smelly so it draws in less cats and my cats are so used to it that they aren't that interested.

    Most people suggest marshmallows for raccoons. At TSC I noticed they had a raccoon bait that said it wouldn't catch other animals (like cats) for sale near the traps, but I don't think you need to buy anything.

    You can also use bones or scraps. I wouldn't sacrifice good raw chicken either - I only put junky scraps out.
  5. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    I use peanut butter on bread. Catches those rascally raccoons every time.
  6. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    Depends on what you're trying to catch. I've been setting mine for raccoon with dogfood. If I'm aware that there's a coon out there, I always catch it with just a little cup of Pedigree.
  7. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks everyone for the great ideas!! Bet I have a coon picture to show off tomorrow!! HA ! [​IMG]
  8. agnes_day

    agnes_day Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2008
    i used a really brave chick once..i made it to where she had her own partition that nothing could get to her..didnt catch a thing though!
  9. funkychickenowner

    funkychickenowner Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 30, 2008
    Sussex County NJ
    Tuna fish!
  10. Ky Chicken Fan

    Ky Chicken Fan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    Northern Kentucky
    Certain times of the year we used to keep the eggs we were collecting to hatch on top of the chest freezer in the garage. Not too cold, not too hot, no one goes out there much to knock them off... until the raccoon found the cat door and the eggs. So we baited the trap with eggs, since it liked them so much, and that worked for us. We also had good luck with the stinkiest can of cheap-o store brand fish cat food. Good luck!

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