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  1. #1
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    Default Weasel in the henhouse.

    Blood thirsty Weasel has discovered my laying hens. He's killed two so far, yesterday and today and I wouldn't really mind except he doesn't eat them, he just drinks their blood through bites in their neck. I'm sure it's a Weasel because if it was a Skunk they would be half eaten and more than one dead at a time. I think it was Farley Mowat who said that if a weasel was as big as a wolf no man would be safe in the forest.
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    Default Re: Weasle in the henhouse.

    Whatever it is, you want to stop it, but I've seen skunks that didn't eat them as well. Cats sometimes will kill them and not eat them. A live trap is probably the best choice (it won't kill a chicken if they get in it). Try an egg for bait (cracked open but set up right so it's still in shell). If that doesn't work, try some fresh meat and see what you get. Tuna is the best for cats... just put a slit in the can so they can smell it, but don't actually open it where they can eat it...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Weasle in the henhouse.

    El Chupacabra. We've got ring tail cats here that do the same thing.

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    Default Re: Weasle in the henhouse.

    I had a weasel get into my coop last year. Like you said, bites their neck out and drinks the blood but leaves the rest of the bird. In my case I think the weasel got in early and then got stuck when the automatic door closed, so by the next morning every one of my layers was dead. Major bummer and I feel your frustrations!

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    Default Re: Weasle in the henhouse.

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    Whatever it is, you want to stop it, but I've seen skunks that didn't eat them as well. Cats sometimes will kill them and not eat them. A live trap is probably the best choice .
    Generally I find that a larger predator like a cat, canine or skunk will rip them up pretty bad, whereas these have bites only around the neck with a few drops of blood. If I can't get a shot at him I'll have to borrow a trap from the county.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishman43 View Post
    I had a weasel get into my coop last year. Like you said, bites their neck out and drinks the blood but leaves the rest of the bird. In my case I think the weasel got in early and then got stuck when the automatic door closed, so by the next morning every one of my layers was dead. Major bummer and I feel your frustrations!
    I believe the weasel would have killed all mine too but they roost 3 feet off the floor. I think he only killed the ones that were down eating. I caught a Skunk in my broilers one time and he was just killing indiscriminately. He'd rip one up then see another one and rip that one up. By the time I got back with my 12 gauge and dispatched him he'd killed 21 of them. The bonus was we didn't have so many to butcher that year.
    A Bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it rains.- Robert Frost

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    Default Re: Weasle in the henhouse.

    If indeed it is a weasel, this is a sure fire way to catch the booger.

    http://www.trapperman.com/trapperman...l_Box_Set.html

    If it is not a weasel, I would do what Mr. bush said and use a live trap. However, I have never been able to catch a weasel in a live trap. They are too savvy around here.
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    Default Re: Weasle in the henhouse.

    Would lend you a shotgun and some traps but there is a pesky border between me and you. We go through the same issue year after year in one of our mating nuc yards with are own variety of varmints ( does anybody have a use for coon skins).

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