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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of predator would go in a chicken house kill five, drag four of them out and dig hole under fence to take them away? Fifth was left behind but was missing head. Had coons before but they only got eggs. Hole was pretty big, more than a bucket of 3" stones to fill. Dog barking did not scare it off either.

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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 05:58 PM
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Coyote perhaps.

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What kind of predator would go in a chicken house kill five, drag four of them out and dig hole under fence to take them away? Fifth was left behind but was missing head. Had coons before but they only got eggs. Hole was pretty big, more than a bucket of 3" stones to fill. Dog barking did not scare it off either.

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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-07-2019, 06:06 PM
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Don’t underestimate what a big boar coon can do. They seem to be at the root of most poultry problems.
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Never had coons try to dig under the fence. I would say fox. Could be a coon if others have seen them dig.
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I started missing chickens and something kept digging a hole under the fence. I put up my trail cam and was the biggest opossum i ever laid eyes on. Well he no longer does that now. Had pictures of coons doing the same until i live trapped them. Havent had an issue in a few years and i live in the woods. That same year i caught 13 opossums in 3 months in the same spot. Killed everyone one. Put my camera out and 2 more opossums were out there snooping around. I mean good grief that is a lot of opossums for one spot.
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I once had coons dig a huge hole under an electric fence to get access to my sweet corn. I put a 220 under the wire and ended up catching 5 of them over the next 9 nights. Skunks are diggers too, they’ll dig a hole under the E fence in the bee yard to eat bees at night. I started putting a 2 ft wide piece of galvanized sheet metal on the ground under low fence wire. It makes digging harder, keeps weeds from growing, and really lights up a critter ( particularly bears ) when they’re grounded on the metal and make contact with the fence.

Coons are particularly good at getting chickens, turkey, quail etc to stick their heads through fencing and then rip it off.
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It could be a opossum but my money is on a boar coon. Pulling their heads off is a coon trade mark. Some people think a coon kills all the chickens and only eats a few because it just likes to kill. Not so. A coon does not care if his meat is fresh or rancid and fly blown. So he kills them all and either hides them or leaves them with the intention of coming back to feed when he wants to. Coon figures kill them all now and there is meat for days.

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Put some yote urine around the fence and your problems will be gone.... STOP killing all those possums they love to eat TICKS
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ya just never know
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