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bolo

critter killing my hens
« on: December 05, 2018, 06:54:43 pm »

just eating the head.i'll hang up and listen
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Re: critter killing my hens
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2018, 10:47:48 am »

That's a raccoon. Get you a live trap and put a few marshmallows in there and catch it.
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Re: critter killing my hens
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2018, 10:48:55 am »

Raccoons are very clever and smart, so your trap may need to be as well.

How are your hens housed at night?
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bolo

Re: critter killing my hens
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2018, 05:29:07 pm »

Raccoons are very clever and smart, so your trap may need to be as well.

How are your hens housed at night?
they are in a pen, a coon could get in pretty easy
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Re: critter killing my hens
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2018, 05:30:29 pm »

ihave a few traps, i will catch the little motherfather
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Re: critter killing my hens
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2018, 10:30:32 pm »

Good luck. Marshmallows or seafood will draw them in easily. Make sure when you dispose of the animal that you release it a long way away from your house or it will just make its way back. If you kill it, be humane 👍.

I had a momma coon for months just hanging out causing no issues with my birds. Then one night, she killed 4. I trapped her and hauled her off about 2 miles down the road to a creek. She was back in a month and tried the same crap again. This time, an electric fence put the fear of God in her and she hasn't been back. Other problem coons I've had to just shoot. They're pretty unique little creatures.
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Re: critter killing my hens
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2018, 05:25:07 pm »

Good luck. Marshmallows or seafood will draw them in easily. Make sure when you dispose of the animal that you release it a long way away from your house or it will just make its way back. If you kill it, be humane 👍.

I had a momma coon for months just hanging out causing no issues with my birds. Then one night, she killed 4. I trapped her and hauled her off about 2 miles down the road to a creek. She was back in a month and tried the same crap again. This time, an electric fence put the fear of God in her and she hasn't been back. Other problem coons I've had to just shoot. They're pretty unique little creatures.
I had a young coon trying to figure out how to get at my ribs on the smoker one day. Called the Agfc dispatcher and he told me to shoot it. Asked if he would vouch for me shooting a gun in city limits and he paused and goes ďgot a bow?Ē 

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Re: critter killing my hens
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2018, 03:56:30 pm »

Be careful!  Iíve seen skunks do this as well.
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Re: critter killing my hens
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2018, 05:10:03 pm »

Years back, when I had chickens, I remember going out and finding only their feet. Never came across what you've described.
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Re: critter killing my hens
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2018, 08:36:04 am »

The following makes me say possum:

A few years ago I was fattenin some young roosters in a cattle panel enclosure with no top on it.  I had clipped the wings to keep them from flyin out.

On into the fattenin, I started to lose birds.  Only the head was missing.  I sat a double-door live trap just outside the pen.  Next morning I had Mr. Possum.  The bait was a fishy bait; I canít remember just what, but probably cheap sardines.
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Re: critter killing my hens
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2018, 05:57:37 pm »

A mink or a weasel will only attack the heads...
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Re: critter killing my hens
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2018, 07:41:19 am »

The old country saw:

Everything likes chicken, even chickens, sho nuff be true.
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Re: critter killing my hens
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2018, 08:23:00 am »

You need to arm your chickens.  Get 'em a set of those Mexican Fighting Spurs."  Do that and your roosters will be walking around looking for trouble and that weasel will get his comeuppance.

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Re: critter killing my hens
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2018, 05:52:05 pm »

The following makes me say possum:

A few years ago I was fattenin some young roosters in a cattle panel enclosure with no top on it.  I had clipped the wings to keep them from flyin out.

On into the fattenin, I started to lose birds.  Only the head was missing.  I sat a double-door live trap just outside the pen.  Next morning I had Mr. Possum.  The bait was a fishy bait; I canít remember just what, but probably cheap sardines.

this sounds likely
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Re: critter killing my hens
« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2018, 03:39:50 pm »

The following makes me say possum:

A few years ago I was fattenin some young roosters in a cattle panel enclosure with no top on it.  I had clipped the wings to keep them from flyin out.

On into the fattenin, I started to lose birds.  Only the head was missing.  I sat a double-door live trap just outside the pen.  Next morning I had Mr. Possum.  The bait was a fishy bait; I canít remember just what, but probably cheap sardines.


You can make a text book dirt hole set or any other set and a possum will be the first thing you catch.
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