what to do now?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by NoMorePatsy, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. NoMorePatsy

    NoMorePatsy Hatching

    Jan 19, 2017
    I just interrupted a possum in the act of massacre and I am sooo annoyed! these girls are about to start laying (brown sex linked and easter-eggers) and I raised them from 1 day old. Now, I put the 6 survivors in a dog kennel in the shed, I have 4 unaccounted for (including the 2 roosters) and it's dark, cold and wet. I know I will have to do a deep clean of the coop this weekend, but how do I ever get the survivors to go back to and accept the coop? In the past when I've had a small flock like this be traumatized (severe flooding, predator attack) they have gone feral and gone to roosting in trees, not laying where I can find the eggs, and then getting picked off slowly by predators. anybody have any hints? this of course is the worst of all weather here, continuous rain on top of ice and I have to work tomorrow. My set up is a nice raised wooden coop to which I've attached a chain link dog run, which I leave open for them to roam the farm during the day and close at night (just not early enough apparently tonight).
    thank you for any advice,
  2. Little Fuzzy

    Little Fuzzy Songster

    Jan 16, 2016
    I'v not had a predator attack thankfully. Maybe if you lock them in the secured coop for a couple of days, make sure it is Ft Knox, Then allow them into the secure run, till they calm down. Your run is secure right. I have an auto door on my coop that closes at sunset.
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Firstly, hi and welcome to BYC. I agree that putting them in lockdown is likely your best option. It may take them a couple of weeks or so before they recover from the trauma. After an attempted hawk attack, my flock would not use that area of the garden for 3 weeks, so it can take time.
  4. NoMorePatsy

    NoMorePatsy Hatching

    Jan 19, 2017
    thank you for the advice and the welcome to the forum. My dad came over while I was at work and dispatched the villain today, the survivors are in a clean coop for the night. The 2 young roosters surprised me by coming out of the woods in the dense fog this morning, one stayed guarding the coop tonight, the other must have gone back to the woods.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!

    A 'clean coop' is not necessarily a secure coop.

    More info on your coop...dimensions and pics.....would help us help you.
    Where, how, and when the possum got at the chickens would help too.
  6. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Welcome! Predator protection is so important, and there's this learning curve that most of us go through as newer flock owners. So sorry for your loss; your birds will need some time to recover from the trauma, and you will need to make whatever upgrades are necessary. Locking them in a safe coop and run will be a very good idea! Mary
  7. bigoledude

    bigoledude Songster

    Jan 16, 2011
    SE, Louisiana
    Possums are by far the easiest predator to eliminate with traps like this. These traps are called "dogproof traps". Go to YouTube to see how they work and how to set them. Very easy.


    I use a stick to stuff them with fish guts, canned tuna or sardines. I also add some cheap jam or jelly. Be sure to drop a few dollups around the trap to attract them to your trap. While you have an active predator keep bait in the trap the whole while. Otherwise, bait it up once a week just in case you have a new visitor you're not aware of. These traps won't harm dogs or cats. They can only be tripped by an animal with a hand-like paw. The trigger must be pulled upward in order to fire. These traps are also very effective for raccoons.

    As long as they are baited, they are working for you. No need to stay up all night. Mine have been set outside for 2 years now and still work like the day I bought them.

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