Backyard Chicken, Backyard Ducks

Raccoon Captured!

Even though the chicken/ducks cage is secured but we still fear that the raccoon will try to find a way to go inside. I set a trap last week with marshmallows and cat food but since he had live ducks to feast he didn’t even touch the bait. The last 2 nights he ate the marshmallows around the trap. Bo set a Wildgame camera last night to see if he would come back. The Wildgame camera is really neat, and we’ll need to buy one, this one we borrowed from our neighbor. It captures movement and last night/early this morning it took many photos of the ducks and raccoon in action.

The cat food and marshmallows work wonder for raccoon bait. I set the cat food and a few pieces of marshmallows inside the trap then make a trail of marshmallows around the trap.

These are the photos from the Wildgame camera last night/early this morning.

Notice that you can see the ducks in this image.

Then they all disappeared when the raccoon came around.

He’s looking for a way to get inside the cage.

We knew that he would eventually go inside the trap since he was hungry, notice you don’t see the ducks in this image below or the one above.

Then they all came out when the raccoon was inside the trap, I guess they knew it’s safe now.

He didn’t move when I took his photos this morning.

He’s a beauty and after I took his pictures I went to work. I wasn’t sure what Bo plan to do with him, and if it were me I would have released him far away. Bo took the raccoon to his friend’s land and released him in the wood. As soon as Bo opened the trap door he took off into the wood. I’m just glad that he didn’t kill him.

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Safe Zone

I woke up Friday morning to find 2 more killed, one young chick was in a small cage and the raccoon was able to kill it but not get to it to eat, then he killed another duck to eat. At this point I was hopeless, I looked at all the area that I secured at the bottom, and couldn’t find any area that he could get in and out.

I went back to the back area where he normally killed and ate the ducks/chickens and saw his foot trail outside the fence. I looked at the bottom of the fence and it was secured.

I looked up and saw the bent fence, sure enough he got in through the top. When we put up the net, we zip tied the net to the fence but did it 6 to 12 inches apart and it looked tight and secured. I spent 4 hours yesterday zip tied the net to the fence, the top of the fence is now secured.

The photos were taken with the iPhone and it’s not as clear as my camera.  The camera is still on vacation.

I used all 800 cable ties, and this morning I was happy to see that he wasn’t able to get in. It’s such a relief to know that the ducks and chickens are safe at night.

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Sitting Ducks

When we built the chicken and ducks run last year we were more concerned with protecting the top with the net to prevent the hawks and other wild animals from getting in but never thought that the small gap at the bottom of the fence would be a place that it got in.




Bo borrowed a Wildgame camera from our neighbor last week and it was a raccoon that has been coming in every night. He set the camera out on Thursday night, and it came in around 2:07 am and finished eating by 2:46 am. These are the photos from the wildgame camera.





The raccoons are extremely smart, especially this one that has been coming almost every night. I saw a trail of how it got out and secure that area with left over deck wood. I worked on it on July 4th, and the next morning another one got killed. This made me sick. It was a brooding hen that was sitting in the hen house, so sad to know that the raccoon went into the hen house and dragged it outside and ate it. All the eggs were gone also. I worked some more on securing the fence to make sure that it can’t get in yesterday evening, and closed the chicken coop last night. This morning another duck got killed, I saw a place where he pulled the fence and got out. It seems like I’m chasing my tail, I secured the area again this evening and pray that all will survive the night.

The previous home owner used to feed a raccoon and she called him Rocky. I’m almost positive that it’s the same one. This is a photo that she took of him before we moved in and apparently he never moved out. This picture was taken on her deck, which is now our deck. I set out a trap with cat food and a marshmallows trail leading to the trap, I feel like he is too smart to fall for it. The hens and roosters will be okay tonight since they are sleeping in the chicken coop but the ducks are outside and sadly they are sitting ducks.