Egg thief/ chicken killer - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 34 Old 05-27-2012, 08:46 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Surry, Va
Posts: 4,712
• Horses: 0
I havent been real successful with traps , I tend to take a couple nights a year to call em in and shoot predators. Usually 1 or 2 foxes a year, and this year a possum. FOxes must be territorial, once you kill one I generally have no more problems for a year or so. Not to mention my roosters are so large a fox wont tangle with them in the daytime.
Joe4d is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 34 Old 05-27-2012, 11:47 AM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,289
• Horses: 0

Raccoons and ground hogs figure out a typical live trap like a Hav-A-Hart pretty quickly; in fact, if you leave them in there long enough, they'll figure out how to get out of it and learn how to step over the trip piece for next time. Possums generally aren't that smart.

My husband built his own live trap, the bait container is fastened with fishing live to a mouse trap, which triggers the trap door. Very sensitive, and if they touch the bait, they're trapped. So we've trapped dozens of critters in the trap, but I am dreading the day I go out and find a skunk in it.
maura is offline  
post #13 of 34 Old 05-27-2012, 11:57 AM
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Willard, UT
Posts: 304
• Horses: 0
I have the same problem with the skunks. We just lost 4 chicks three of which were killed and left and one that is gone with no trace of it left. They where all in a pen since they didnt have all their feathers yet so something climbed in with them.
tanya is offline  
post #14 of 34 Old 05-27-2012, 12:27 PM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Mannford, Ok
Posts: 429
• Horses: 2
I hope to never have this issue! 2 of my 3 dogs stay around our chicken pen and wild animals tend to stay away as well as our neighboring dogs. But I am dreading the day that I find something got in anyway...
Posted via Mobile Device
mysticalhorse is offline  
post #15 of 34 Old 06-17-2012, 02:02 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: SW UK
Posts: 10,944
• Horses: 0
I had something killing the young pullets. I wasn't sure what as it was in the daytime and I never heard anything. The bodies had been badly pecked by the others.
A few eggs were being found out in the fields, all duck eggs and I knew that had to be crows.
Then a duckling went astray, the next day another was badly pecked I knew it had to be a crow.
Nothing happened the next day but then I heard the ducklings squawking and there was the culprit in the pen trying to get one.

I do like a fair trial - his lasted all of the time it took me to go down there, stand in the barn and wait for his return.

I have never seen a skunk in the wild and thankfully never smelled one either.
I do like family tradition of passing on tips like 'they cannot spray if you hold them by the tail' sort of thing my family would say.

I have a run of electric fence wire running around the outside of the pens to deter foxes. We only have the red fox in the UK and they are so clever. I had the fence off whilst I strimmed under it. I was in one pen and glanced up to see a Charlie sneak under the fence and grab a hen and go. At least he only had the one. Given the chance they will kill the lot.

Many years ago I had to laugh when a fox came into the farm yard during the day. She had three well grown cubs about the place but they would have been catching their own food by then.
She was snuffling about and looked into a shed whereby a fierce little bantam broody came out with a scream and was straight into full attack! That fox never hesitated in turning tail and running down the hill, hen doing her best to catch it.
Foxhunter is offline  
post #16 of 34 Old 06-17-2012, 02:14 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 11,952
• Horses: 3
Them dang vermits. Anyone ever had to pull porcupine quills from a dog in 100 degree weather?
waresbear is offline  
post #17 of 34 Old 06-17-2012, 02:25 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: PA
Posts: 10,692
• Horses: 3
FYI- When an animal dies it's muscles relax which often means urine, feces, and yes skunk spray is released... even if the death is quick/non-traumatic.
Rarely does a killed/dead skunk not stink of spray.

That said, I haven't had very many losses (knock on wood) from skunk, opposum, or raccoons but have had my fair share of chicken feeder raids by the pesky critters.

Went out one night to check on things before bed and there was a mamma raccoon and three kits she was teaching to destroy the chicken feeder just two feet below the slumbering chickens. I ninnied out by not setting the trap out right away, but she then got a young poult the next night.
Well, the momma bear in me went haywire since the turkey poults were being raised to feed my son (who can't eat grocery store poultry.)
I felt really bad setting the trap out, then dispatching them, but I knew it was just a matter of time before all my chickens and poults would disappear.
Lockwood is offline  
post #18 of 34 Old 06-17-2012, 02:26 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: PA
Posts: 10,692
• Horses: 3
Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
Them dang vermits. Anyone ever had to pull porcupine quills from a dog in 100 degree weather?
Ain't it fun?
Lockwood is offline  
post #19 of 34 Old 06-17-2012, 02:38 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,289
• Horses: 0
I agree, Lockwood.

I hate it, but I know it has to be done.

It's made worse by the fact that I had a pet raccoon as a child that I adored.

Hubby does the deed most of the time, and he really doesn't much care for it either. Raised as an outdoorsman and hunting for the table, something in him rebels at the idea of shooting something in a trap that's sitting still and looking at you. He's trying to figure out the most quick and painless way to dispatch the animal in the trap.

Our chicken coop is very secure. We've killed two black snakes in the nest boxes. We've lost two poults over 3 years, and my guess is that the culprit was a snake or a weasel.

I have come out in the morning to find fresh digging along the fence, but no one's ever gotten in.
maura is offline  
post #20 of 34 Old 06-17-2012, 03:34 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 3,888
• Horses: 2
We're dealing with Coyotes right now.

HUGE pack of them, neighbor (whose a horrible shot) is estimating about 15-20 and they are literally running through the "back yards" of houses. We heard them last night, not sure where on our property but the neighbor had long scared them off with a really lousy shot before hubby got out there with the shotgun.

Chickens are safely locked up before dark, so they are safe. Mostly worried about the dwarf goats (neighbors are losing lambs/goats to this pack).

Anyone know how high a coyote can jump? Goats have 4 feet of field fencing topped with a strand of barbed wire, so total fence is about 5 ft tall. All gates are wired with field fencing as well (freakin escape artist goats!).
Delfina is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Halter Theif!!! buttons Horse Training 5 03-19-2011 01:45 PM
How to keep him healthy and stop the theif, Radar Icrazyaboutu Horse Health 6 09-09-2010 07:58 PM
Fire Ant Killer !!! Goose Horse Health 3 08-10-2010 10:29 PM
Warning: Brazen theif at large Kiki Horse Pictures 13 09-14-2009 01:07 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome