What the heck does this?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Korzak, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. Korzak

    Korzak Chirping

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    Anyone ever seen this? Looks like rain drops in the loose dirt right outside the run, but it's not. It must be some kind of animal activity .
     

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  2. Jeni1953

    Jeni1953 In the Brooder

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    Skunk, small rodent. Time for the game camera
     
  3. DobieLover

    DobieLover Crowing

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    Looks like mice holes. Do you have a predator apron around the run?
     
  4. Table4Six

    Table4Six Crowing

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    They could be from a small rodent, but they look like ant lion pits (if that's the word you use :lol:). They're a type of insect that eats ants that fall into their pits, harmless to your poultry.
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    Those are signs of insect activity. I am betting larval Ant Lions.


    Here is a picture of mine where they do not have to crowd up to stay out of rain.

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  6. Farmer jr

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    Moles or Chipmunks
     
  7. DobieLover

    DobieLover Crowing

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    There are no ant lions in Vermont. I'm sticking with mice. Those holes look just like the holes outside our garage before we resheathed it to keep all sorts of varmints out. Snakes can burrow like that too.
     
  8. imnukensc

    imnukensc Songster

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    Ant lion pits as previously stated.
     
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  9. Dkbahoo

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    I’ve seen squirrels and chipmunks do this.
     
  10. imnukensc

    imnukensc Songster

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    Antlions are distributed worldwide---even in Vermont.
     

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