Where there is one ... could there be many?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by LilMissClucky, May 18, 2009.

  1. LilMissClucky

    LilMissClucky New Egg

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    For my wedding anniversary in April I asked for and recieved 3 of the most beautiful hens (Daisy, Delilah and Lily) and a rooster (The Colonel). I was in heaven. A week later I took in two rescue chickens (Lucy and Ethel). For Mother's Day I got 10 baby chicks. Can we say happy?

    That is until something stole Lucy and Lily. I did tons of research and found out that even in a run they aren't safe at dusk. A day or so later I lost Delilah to the serial chicken running rampant in my backyard (which by the way is surrounded by woods). I started locking my chickens up in the coop long before the sun set and kept my baby chicks in a cage closer to the house. Two days ago my dear hubby came in with bad news. The 007 chicken assasin had mysteriously gotten into the coop and stolen the last of my chickens and left my roo dead in the coop. Babies are now back in the house.

    Long story short - hubby walked up on a raccoon last night in the coop as he was headed to set out traps. He eliminated one but saw another one escape. My 14 yr old was mortified and suggested that since we killed the father that his kids might return. I giggled and informed her that raccoons were not in the mafia and vengence would not be sought. A little while later I started wondering if maybe she had a point.

    Do I need to continue to set traps as a "just in case". Perhaps he does have a family, I mean hubby did see another one that got away unscathed. If so, how long should I keep setting them out? We are in the process of building a coop closer to the house, will that deter them at all? Someone suggested placing a radio in the coop to keep predators away ... any advice?
     
  2. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    ABSOLUTELY set the traps!!! Even after you stop catching them, set the traps. Bait the traps with eggs and change the eggs once a month. Coons can become trap smart, if one is caught and others escape. Sometimes (often), they are in family units. Drastic measures may be needed. PM me for assistance. Just because they don`t return on consecutive nights, doesn`t mean they have moved on. Don`t carry them off and release, they will return. Good luck......Pop
     
  3. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If one got away, you know there is at least one more out there. I would bet there is more than one too. Make them an offer they can not refuse like a lead sandwich, or a marshmellow in a live trap.
     
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Oh indeed...the one that got away will be back and it may bring friends and family. [​IMG]
     

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