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    06-19-2011, 11:23 PM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Indyhorse    
I don't think so, as she has two barn cats as well (whom I know stayed around because I feed them for her lol.)

I am not sure why it works and hadn't heard of it before she did it, but it did seem to do the trick.

Last week I had (for the first time ever since living here) a raccoon come into my barn (and kill my rooster), so I have put mothballs out in my barn as well. So far, no signs that the coon has returned...however, I have also started leaving the radio on out there, and walked my male dog all around inside the barn and let him pee on stuff, so I don't know which part actually worked (or if it is all of them lol).

Sounds like it is certainly worth a try then, thanks for the tip!
Maybe I'll try the "pee thing" with my two boys as well, just in case.

Sorry about your rooster.
I've heard raccoons will even kill cats, so far as I know we have not had any visits from any of them, thank goodness.


     
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    06-19-2011, 11:34 PM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SpiritedLittleCopperSpots    
Sounds like it is certainly worth a try then, thanks for the tip!
Maybe I'll try the "pee thing" with my two boys as well, just in case.

Sorry about your rooster.
I've heard raccoons will even kill cats, so far as I know we have not had any visits from any of them, thank goodness.


Yes, my barn cats have been kept in my garage for the last week (they are very disgruntled about it) because I was worried about a raccoon getting them. My [other] neighbor has a terrible problem with the raccoons and has lost dozens of chickens, but (I always assumed because of my dogs) they have never come on my property. This is the first time in the two years I have lived here that I had lost a chicken to a predator. I had gotten so complacent about it I didn't always remember to shut the coop door at night, and had been allowing Big Al (the rooster) to roost in the barn. Obviously taking much greater precautions now. If it becomes a problem, my Cailean believes he is a LGD anyways and would happily sleep in the barn with the goats. About 3 weeks back, he jumped up and snatched a hawk out of mid air that was cruising my chickens. He would make short work of a raccoon!
     
    06-19-2011, 11:41 PM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Indyhorse    
Yes, my barn cats have been kept in my garage for the last week (they are very disgruntled about it) because I was worried about a raccoon getting them. My [other] neighbor has a terrible problem with the raccoons and has lost dozens of chickens, but (I always assumed because of my dogs) they have never come on my property. This is the first time in the two years I have lived here that I had lost a chicken to a predator. I had gotten so complacent about it I didn't always remember to shut the coop door at night, and had been allowing Big Al (the rooster) to roost in the barn. Obviously taking much greater precautions now. If it becomes a problem, my Cailean believes he is a LGD anyways and would happily sleep in the barn with the goats. About 3 weeks back, he jumped up and snatched a hawk out of mid air that was cruising my chickens. He would make short work of a raccoon!
My cats would be incredibly grumpy as well, but better safe then sorry!

And I have to ask, what is a Cailean?
Type of dog? I tried Googling it, but this was all I found....
Cailean meaning and name origin

Cailean \ca(i)-lean\ as a boy's name is pronounced KA-len. It is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Cailean is "pup, whelp". Source form of Colin. Also a Scottish form of Columba that relates to Saint Columba (see Calum) as Crisdean does to Christ and Moirean to Mary.
     
    06-19-2011, 11:46 PM
  #14
Yearling
I have a friend who had a skunk make its home in her tractor shed. She called a trapping service, and they suggested that she try another method first. That was to use lighting, a radio (talk radio better than music), and putting ammonia soaked rags around the area. The point was to make the shed unpleasant as living quarters. Unfortunately, I can't see that being pleasant for cats or horses either, but at least they wouldn't be afraid. Maybe the music and lights could be discontinued after the skunk was gone, but keep rags around to act as a deterrent.
     
    06-19-2011, 11:53 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SpiritedLittleCopperSpots    
My cats would be incredibly grumpy as well, but better safe then sorry!

And I have to ask, what is a Cailean?
Type of dog?



Haha! Cailean is my male dog's name, sorry! I should have specified. This is him :)





Skip, I think that must be the premise behind the mothballs, too, it smells unpleasant to them. I think ammonia would drive the cats away, but the mothballs don't seem to bother them.
     
    06-19-2011, 11:59 PM
  #16
Yearling
Ahhh, isn't he handsome! That's his name then, not breed?
Sounds like a great hunter too, wow, catching a hawk from the air!

Yep, I'd bet he could dispatch of any ornery critters for you all right.
     
    06-20-2011, 12:05 AM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SpiritedLittleCopperSpots    
Ahhh, isn't he handsome! That's his name then, not breed?
Sounds like a great hunter too, wow, catching a hawk from the air!

Yep, I'd bet he could dispatch of any ornery critters for you all right.
Thanks! The hawk did get away, and he got a cut on his cheek for his efforts, but he was quite proud of himself regardless lol.

Yup, Cailean is his name, not his breed, all my dogs have ridiculous gaelic names. His breed is an old fashioned Scotch Collie, as are most of my dogs.

My barn cats do the trick for small time pest control, but both of them are very petite sized cats themselves, so they can't handle much more than your average mouse.
     
    06-20-2011, 12:15 AM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Indyhorse    
Thanks! The hawk did get away, and he got a cut on his cheek for his efforts, but he was quite proud of himself regardless lol.

Yup, Cailean is his name, not his breed, all my dogs have ridiculous gaelic names. His breed is an old fashioned Scotch Collie, as are most of my dogs.

My barn cats do the trick for small time pest control, but both of them are very petite sized cats themselves, so they can't handle much more than your average mouse.

I like unique names, and I bet he was proud of himself!

That would be my biggest worry with having a dog take care of a raccoon, skunk, etc., getting injured. But I am what you might call an "over protective mother" ....

Well lets hope we can get rid of our nuisance critters once and for all.
I know I am personally tired of having to be on guard every time I walk in the barn.

     
    06-20-2011, 12:19 AM
  #19
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by SpiritedLittleCopperSpots    

Well lets hope we can get rid of our nuisance critters once and for all.
I know I am personally tired of having to be on guard every time I walk in the barn.

Agreed! I think one of the things I have done seems to be doing the trick, anyways, just hope it holds! I bet the mothballs probably need changed periodically.
     
    06-20-2011, 11:29 AM
  #20
Weanling
I will try the moth balls too, for a while at least, I keep an open box in my trailer to keep mice away, don't care much for the odor myself, but at least they don't 'spray', don't know why I haven't thought of it for the barn mice problem already since there are no cats there.

I have discovered a bit more about my skunk, there appears to be only one, a half grown cutie with so many coliks in his fur he almost looks spotted instead of striped. No more spraying since each horse got a first dose, but they are definitely edgy and on the lookout for him, as am I. What if he sprayed my saddle?!? Or me, if I surprised him.

It is much smaller than the first one I was seeing, and there was a road killed one about a quarter mile up the road about 3 weeks back, That may have been it's mom and would explain his generally unwise behavior about coming out into plain sight and looking for food every evening while a person is about. Am I putting too much human characteristics on him??

Anyway I don't want to kill him, and moth balls are cheaper than a trap which I would still need to figure out how to release him from. Maybe the trap comes with directions, but still moth balls are cheaper. So I'll go that way first.

I soaked the face mask in diluted peroxide overnight and it's ok now. Elwood rubbed a spot low on the side of his face trying to get the smell off. I've put vaseline with Tea Tree Oil on it and it's healed nicely, and he has otherwise aired out, but as I said before he is still a bit jumpy.


Indy - your dog is very handsome, Collie's are my Mom's favorite, and sorry about the loss of a good rooster.
     

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