Will a Raccoon kill a Chicken?

Discussion in 'Parasites, Pests, & Predators' started by doug, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. doug

    doug New Member

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    The #1 critter around here are raccoons. Will they kill a chicken?
     
  2. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    Yes, a raccoon can and will try to kill a chicken ...
     

  3. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock New Member

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    they are really bad, they'll bend wire, dig holes and what they are famous for is reaching through the wire and pulling heads off, i've lost a bunch of chickens to raccoons
     
  4. ThreeJ

    ThreeJ New Member

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    I have lost a few chickens to racoons too.
     
  5. Landin_Flat

    Landin_Flat New Member

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    My father in law lost 11 hens to a raccoon in one night! It even managed to drag a couple of the smaller ones over the fence.
     
  6. Apyl

    Apyl New Member

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    I agree with the rest, yes a racoon will kill a chicken.
     
  7. anderson8505

    anderson8505 New Member

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    Worst natural predator to the backyard chicken is the racoon! Then, the dog. Racoons can chew through "chicken wire" so if that is what you have, upgrade to hardware cloth, it's the wire with the little squares. You can nail/staple it right over your chicken wire. They'll also dig under coops so bury wire around the bottom of your coop if applicable to your style coop.
     
  8. Jason

    Jason New Member

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    Raccoons are really dangerous to chickens because they're so smart. All the other posts are right on the money.
     
  9. Sundancers

    Sundancers New Member

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    We have had more problems with opossum than anything ... And for some reason the bob whites, we had brought out more than a few fox.
     
  10. Run1251

    Run1251 New Member

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    We lost eight in one night to a raccoon. Killed just for fun. Never ate any of them. Caught him the next night in a trap when he returned.
     
  11. power

    power New Member

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    There are not many predators that will turn down a chicken dinner.
     
  12. chixellie

    chixellie New Member

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    Oh, yeah- Everyone is right! Raccoons will gladly kill everything you got! However, easy to prevent it. 1-COVER THE WIRE whwere the roost poles are attached, if needed. If the chickens sleep up against the wire, raccoons will reach in and pull out any part of the chicken that will fit out. (Usually the head). You can use painted plywood or corrugated metal panels. 2- Don't use chicken wire! It is weak and useless against raccoons and stray dogs. If you already have it, overlay with good strong wire. 3- Make sure they can't dig in.4- Latch your door securely. They will try to open latches with their little, chicken-thieven' hands!
     
  13. havasu

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    Raccoons killed every chicken I had in my coop in just one night. Worse yet, it was my 7 year old daughter who discovered the bloody carnage the next morning. That ended my chicken raising era for good.