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The Raccoon Thugs

15 July 2008 at 2:41:52 PM

Readers may recall that about a month or so ago, I had a massacre of the baby chicks that I had put out ready to meld into the chicken house. AND, after that, I would find dead full-grown chickens in the chicken house itself. I didn't know what had killed the chickens and had caught two possums shortly thereafter, so I thought that was what it was. Now, I'm sure that the possums were what was definitely disrupting the geese and ducks sitting on eggs, but I believe that the culprit(s) for killing the chicks (and chickens)... is raccoons.

While I was gone, hub had a Hav-A-Hart trap out in the chicken yard every night.  He noticed that the metal cans that contain chicken feed had their lids off in the morning, so he put the trap by them. Every single night he caught another raccoon, including, on the 4th night, TWO baby raccoons.... totalling FIVE raccoons hanging out in the chicken yard. Now I understand how it could be that ALL those chicks were killed, especially if, as I imagine, all the raccoons all entered the yard through a hole in the pen and did their killing as a gang.

The chickens are definitely locked up into a predator proof chicken house every night and there have been no more deaths. And later on, I want to look for any chinks in the chicken yard fence and add another electric wire across the top. And, of course, keep the trap out because I"m sure that won't be the last of the predators.

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