Some of the gals in our new flock of chickens!
When we built our chicken yurt this past summer we made sure to reinforce the bottom of our fencing so it was double layered to prevent predators from getting through the fencing. But what I am about to show you may make you change your mind about all the measures you take against possums and raccoons anyway.
We routinely set up our humane trap to capture any would be predators that might be preying on our gals and we realized recently that possums prefer chicken feed to fish believe it or not. We left a mullet for two days in the humane trap and the possum never went for it but once we put chicken feed in the trap bingo we caught something but it wasn’t in the trap when we went out in the morning because believe it or not it had chewed its way through the wire of our simple box trap!
Gives you an idea of how sharp their teeth are!
It is very important not to have feed left in the coop in the evening for the best pest/rodent management practices and this takes a while to figure out for our two flocks of chickens but I have found a great website/pdf (you do have to download Adobe X though if you don’t have it) that is a guideline to help me make sure my chickens are getting the right amount of food (it even has info for broiler chickens) and we are taking measures in the evening to remove the feed to help prevent rodents from visiting our Lil’ Suburban Homestead.
The possum had left its evidence its fur all over the metal wire!
So even though we feel like our gals are secure it is somewhat of a false sense of security although my husband “The Viking” in my life mentioned that maybe a possum would chew its way out to save itself but maybe not to get to a chicken…..maybe….