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Posted September 04, 2016 - 07:13 PM

Dang coons coyotes and rabbits.
Been getting lots of night shooting this last week.. and I'm tired literally! Can't seem to sleep knowing something is trying to kill my chickens.. I thought I had my coop and yard pretty safe but a danged coon got all my eggs and 2 chickens one one night and the second Saturday morning but I caught him that night and ventilated him pretty good then had to do the same down at the farm after they got into my corn and ruined a bunch... also picked off a few rabbits too that liked to sample tomatoes.
The critters are really getting bad this year and I'm getting plenty of practice shooting..
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Posted September 04, 2016 - 07:21 PM

I have never seen so many raccoons here in NW Ohio. 

Many  road kills , the neighbors all say raccoons are

trashing their flower beds and stealing eggs from henhouse. 

I have had 13 raccoons die on my property due to "lead poison" ....

The lead is the size of a 22 long rifle round and injected

into the brain thru the skull.


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Posted September 04, 2016 - 07:37 PM

I feel your pain guys.  Been using electric fences around the sweet corn.  Though some old sweet corn off the stand onto the manure pile and next morning it was all chewed up.


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Posted September 04, 2016 - 07:51 PM

Card carrying members of PETA should have to pay $25 an ear for sweet corn. Trapping used to pay for a lot of tearing around and extra curricular activities when I was in school.
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Posted September 04, 2016 - 07:57 PM

If you want to keep those varmints way get you a Great Pyrenees.  They do a wonderful job of protecting.  We had Opossum bad this year.  Dog was new at just 14 months now and didn't trust him out a night yet.  Going to try it one of these night now though and see if he stays around.  Been neutered so he should be OK.  My other Pyrenees would kill the Ground Hogs all around our place and then bring them home to show us his kill.   Wonderful dogs and worth their weight in Gold.


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Posted September 04, 2016 - 08:02 PM

At one of my corn fields one of the neighbors has a dog (Lab) and I do not have any damage at that field.


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Posted September 04, 2016 - 08:38 PM

You could get a recipe for coon. It would make up for the loss of veggies.


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Posted September 04, 2016 - 09:04 PM

We have a Jack Russell and don't seem to have any problems with coons in our Sweet corn. Her scent must be all over the yard and they seem to stay away. The neighbors have had problems but not us. 


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Posted September 04, 2016 - 09:15 PM

We've only had five rabbits die of lead poisoning getting in the beets & beans. We only got seven pints of beets from the first crop because of the rabbits. We lost about a third of the beans. We put out a fall crop of both hoping to add to the years harvest.

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Posted September 04, 2016 - 09:42 PM

Libby is a great groundhog dog
Even with the week off due to mr prickly, she still has 38 kills we know of.
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Posted September 04, 2016 - 11:48 PM

My problem is deer, coons and squirrels. The squirrels take one bite out of a green tomato and move on to the next one. This is after the deer bite the tops out. I bought all three boys Gamo guns and told them to shoot every squirrel they see.
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Posted September 05, 2016 - 10:44 AM

My problem is rabbits and squirrels. Didn't get any pole beans this year because of rabbits and the squirrels got at least half of my tomatoes.  As previously said, the squirrels take one bite out of a green tomato and move on to the next one..I did have a problem with deer until I put up a six foot tall fence around the garden a couple of years ago.  I'm trying to decide now if a garden is worth the time and effort.



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Posted September 05, 2016 - 12:21 PM

I love my Tibetan Mastiffs.... on patrol all night and not so much as varmint tracks in the garden. Lots of deer, coyotes, bear, squirrels, coons etc. around up here, but so far no damage.



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Posted September 05, 2016 - 04:16 PM

I had one heck of a time last year with coons. Lost 53 chickens in 2 weeks. In my neck of the woods we all have chickens, We ended up trapping almost 40 over a 3 week period.

When I started loosing them this year I put my live traps out with canned cat food, popped 7 coons and 4 possum in 10 days.

Where my main chicken house is, it is surrounded by my dog pens on 3 sides which seems to help. They have to either go around to the uncovered side of the pen or get eaten by the Cur dogs.

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Posted September 05, 2016 - 04:16 PM

You could get a recipe for coon. It would make up for the loss of veggies.


Yuk, only thing that taste worse than coon is possum.




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