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#1 Posted : Friday, June 29, 2007 8:13:08 PM
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I had a hen taken out of our coop, there was no blood in the yard, just a bunch of feathers. our coop has a roof on it, but we missed an area by a feed shoot that had a gap, (we fixed that last night)  there were a few feathers stuck in the hole, so we know that is where it drug her through. we couldn't find any remain nearby. I walked around with both my dogs, but they didn't seen to interested in anything.  but we have seen a tomcat, a raccoon and an opossum near the coop,  I  have plans on getting a live trap to see what I catch. but I was wondering what the kill patterns are on these 3  predators. this is the first one I've lost to a predator. I miss her!! she was one of my favorites, and one of my dogs too, they always played with each other when I let my chickens out of their coop, she'd peck at the dogs ears, my younger dog thought that was the greatest.

turtlehead
#2 Posted : Friday, June 29, 2007 8:13:08 PM
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We have been all but decimated by raccoons this year.  I hear and read that the drought brings them out.  They will drag the chicken off if they can, but if they can't they leave the beheaded or almost beheaded carcass.  Frequently the neck and gizzard are chewed into and sometimes more of the carcass has been eaten.  But they seem to start at the neck.

We have caught ten raccoons in the last three weeks or so.  We bait them with peanut butter.  We tried chicken thighs for bait but ended up catching an opossum twice and the neighbor's cat twice.

To bait with peanut butter, cut the bottom third or so off of a soda can.  Flip it over and you'll see an indentation on the bottom of the can.  This is the "cup" that you spread the peanut butter in.

Punch holes on opposite sides of the can bottom and wire the can bottom to the cage so the raccoon has to enter all the way to fuss with it.  Otherwise they'll reach across the trigger panel, grab the bait, and run off with it.

For a better description and pics, you can see where I blogged about it. 
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