Friday, April 20, 2012

bandits

I reinforced all the birds' coops. I set up three baited live traps. I stayed up half the night. I didn't hear or so a single raccoon. Go figure.

12 Comments:

Blogger sheila said...

Big male raccoons make a 2 to 3 mile circuit and don't hit the same spot in consecutive nights. Most likely he will wait a few weeks and when your guard is down he will strike again. Personally, I'd run a hot wire around the chicken coop, top and bottom, and plug it in every night. Of course that's assuming you close up the chickens in a coop at night.

April 20, 2012 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger phaedra96 said...

Of course not. You are READY for it!! He will be back.

April 20, 2012 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

You know what they say....a watched pot.... : X

Glad it's at least it's your day off, hope you have a good day despite your unfruitful creature catching!

April 20, 2012 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger JulieG said...

I don't know anything about raccoons. But possums scare the living daylights out of my cats. Good luck.

April 20, 2012 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger polly said...

they're sleeping yesterday's meal off... ;)

April 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger polly said...

they're sleeping yesterday's meal off... ;)

April 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM  
Anonymous Tina said...

My dear Jenna...they WILL be back!
We had our last round of them in the fall (I failed to secure door tightly n the bugger just yanked it open!!) Well, it took him 7 days to come back but I did catch him in a large box trap...not a small one otherwise I'd never have caught him!
(10 years ago one got all 12 of my hens. No fun being in the dark with you between an angry racoon and his wanting to escape through the hen house door!)

April 20, 2012 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger Misty said...

We went through something similar this last fall. Coyotes scared the donkeys one night, realized by scads of donkey hair tufted on the entrance of their shelter. The second night the coyotes scared the donkeys right out of their pen--they knocked the electric fencing down making their exit, in addition to more hair left on the top of the gate. We stayed up all night, gun in hand, waiting for the coyotes to return the third night. We didn't see or hear anything, but the donks got rattled by something in the fence row. I can sum it up with this: All nighters used to be fun and exciting when I was younger. Now, it's sheer torture.

April 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Figures. A couple of years ago I had the local shelter bring out a trap to catch feral cats. The only thing I caught was racoons!! They are funny, as when you approach their cage, they hide behind their paws. I have a neighbor who feeds them(and the feral cats) and I have seen them pick up containers of food and move it to the other side of the porch! Amazing.

April 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Cindy Chambers said...

Good for you Jenna! So sorry about your chickens.

April 20, 2012 at 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Cindy Chambers said...

Good for you Jenna! So sorry about your chickens.

April 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Jenna - get yourself one of these for twenty bucks:

http://www.harborfreight.com/wireless-driveway-alert-system-93068.html

We lost five chicks to what seems to be a fox two nights ago. Last night, I set mine up to sight down the back of our pasture pen, covering about a thirty foot line between the pen and the woodline, parallel to the woodline. I had a pretty good idea where it was coming in from, but it's not a clear path where I could set a snare.

The alarm went off at 3:30 this morning, and while I didn't manage to catch the fox this time around, I was able to be out back, barefoot with a shotgun, in under a minute. I could hear it fleeing through the woods. No chicks lost last night, which is a definite improvement.

April 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM  

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