what kind of predator?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by greenapple, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. greenapple

    greenapple Songster

    Feb 8, 2008
    Central Florida
    Night before last something dug underneath a cage I had one of my roo's in, he stays in a large dog crate for now with a perch and the bottom tray removed so he can get at the tasty grass. Something dug up underneath the front of the crate, and was luckily only able to get a few tail feathers, but his beak got busted up a bit. Whatever it was was unable to get through the holes in the bottom of the crate, which is weighted down with a cement board that also supplies him with shade and protection from rain and to hold down the covers as it was unusually cold that night. It luckily didn't go after either of the coops that the crate was next to. The only prints that were in the dirt pile looked like an extremely large chicken print with an elongated middle toe. I would think that it was too cold that night for a lizard, it was around 34 F, no other tracks anywhere else in the yard like opossum or racoon. The yard has a 5ft chain link fence and the rest of the property is fenced with field fence and barbed wire. Last year had a similar hole underneath my bigger coop, lost the two rr pullets, no trace of them or the predator just the hole, searched all the property and didn't find any feathers. Trapped a momma opossum on mothers day last year with her seven babies, which all could have gotten through the holes in the bottom of the crate. I have seen tracks for what I am guessing would be a monitor lizard on the back part of the property, and of course feral/neighbors cat, racoon and opossum. I am in the central florida area in a scrub/dry area, not too close to water as it goes around here, and surrounded by housing complexes, used to be orange groves where they pulled up the trees and planted houses on zero lot lines. I have not seen any signs of bobcat or fox around here since the groves were destroyed. Any guesses of what it could of been and suggestions on how to trap/kill it. And any know how to find/trap/kill a monitor lizard?
  2. Citychick

    Citychick Songster

    Jan 31, 2007
    I saw someone use a have a heart trap and some raw meat one time it seemed to work? Maybe call pest control for your area they might have some insight into your predator problems. Good luck!
  3. pepperluvsmee

    pepperluvsmee Songster

    Feb 2, 2008
    Seven Valleys, Pa
    Probably a Racoon. Hope you can trap it as it will keep coming back. I have flood lights shining on my coop and the lights on in my barn to deter nocturnal predation.
    Good Luck.
  4. Yonaton

    Yonaton Songster

    Jun 28, 2007
    West TN
    I'd put money on it being a skunk. They're expert diggers, very powerful for such a small(ish) animal, and very determined when they're after something. Their claws are very long and of course strong, so they leave a print different from most other critters. Sometimes you'll still smell if one's been around, but not always, unless it's sprayed something.
  5. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    At 34 it wouldn't be a Monitor...they like to be roasty toasty.

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