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1 wolverine?!?! on Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:48 am

DCChick

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I have some kind of sneaky predator around here.  I caught a coyote with a chicken in his mouth Monday morning and chased him off, so he is my prime suspect.  However others say no.

A few weeks back a broody hen set up house in an open A-frame type cage and had at least a dozen eggs.  One day I noticed a bit of dirt dug away from the edge and a few egg shells.  A few days after that same thing and ALL her eggs were gone.

Night before last I rounded up my mother duck and her five nearly grown ducklings back into the same A-Frame.  Something dug under (these are very small holes, like maybe 6 inches wide and 2 deep) and ate my mother duck all but her head. How it got her out that little hole I do not know ( my ducks are bantam breeds, so smaller)

This morning I see that they have spotted a wolverine in the city about 10 km from here.  I am in southern Alberta.  Common predators are coyotes, fox, raccoons, skunks... The only one I have seen around here in nine years is a coyote.

What are some thoughts on an possible ID on my predator?

2 Re: wolverine?!?! on Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:38 pm

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yikes .....weasel???

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3 Re: wolverine?!?! on Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:23 pm

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I've thought that too (forgot it in my predator list) but could a weasel eat a duck completely? I thought they just sucked out the blood like tiny vampires...

On a side note, my daughter chased away a coyote with my little Silkie in his mouth this afternoon.

4 Re: wolverine?!?! on Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:18 am

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oh dear...well thats one culprit for sure but you could also have several predators...what about raccoons? they re sneaky and have narrow little arms???

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5 Re: wolverine?!?! on Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:55 am

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My mom said that a fox can get through a 2" hole. They dig. You may never see them either except by chance.

I might also suggest a rat...but I don't know if one would eat most of a duck like that.

If you are already thinking wolverine, I would maybe look into other smaller members of the weasel family...fishers, mink even skunk...is there any smell? Did the thief leave any tracks? Perhaps make some mud around that area to catch tracks...or a small trap?

6 Re: wolverine?!?! on Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:59 pm

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I''m thinking of a trap, but I am not sure what I'd do with it after I caught it! Today I kept everyone in lockdown and only let them out for a few hours.. Maybe the thing will forget about my place after finding nothing to eat for a while?? I hope. ( that's the easy way out

7 Re: wolverine?!?! on Fri Jun 19, 2015 6:54 am

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Once something finds easy food, even if there is a break in access, it always comes back. Sad

We have continual issues with foxes, so we can't free range. We put a 1 1/2' skirt of hardware cloth around our A-frame this year. We know there are big hungry kits already as we have seen some elsewhere. We still have all our birds at this point so far.

Keep in mind that if it is a fox, that they can easily climb too.

I was wondering, how is the coyote accessing them if they are contained?

8 Re: wolverine?!?! on Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:01 am

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I thought about the hardware cloth or some kind of wire on the ground.  I think I will do that as my son has his rabbits living in similar a frames ( except they are on grass.  The duck A Frame was on dirt)

Most times the coyotes grab a chicken that is free ranging. The Ducks were in the frame and whatever it was dug a tiny depression not even big enough for the duck to fit out! I don't know how it worked, but it did. There were a bunch of feathers with a bit of blood and her head laying by the cage the next morning.

9 Re: wolverine?!?! on Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:22 am

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To me, it sounds fox like. Our fox would dig a hole only large enough to get in and not be able to pull the runner through. It did this on two different enclosures.

10 Re: wolverine?!?! on Mon Jun 22, 2015 6:58 pm

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I had raccoon issues so I hot wired the fence around the chicken run with a standard horse fencer.  There are three wires - one about 4" off the ground, one about 15" from the ground, and one on top, leaning outwards.  So far, it has kept the raccoons out.  Of course, it doesn't help when the chickens are free ranging, but they will run for the nearest bush, or a horse, if available.

11 Re: wolverine?!?! on Thu Jul 02, 2015 2:30 am

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A clucking hen woke me out of a good sleep about 2a.m. I went out and opened the coop door ( the gate to the run was closed for the night) and saw a cute little skunk waddling across the floor. I closed that door FAST!!!

I grabbed a shovel and banged a bit on the walls and door, and looked around. There he was in the run! I looked at him ( from a safe distance) and he looked at me. After a staring contest lasting about 45 seconds, he conceded defeat and waddled away. The pop up doors to the coop are now closed.

He would eat eggs right? But what about a whole bantam duck minus the head? Also, I have hens brooding week old chicks. Yesterday I found one dead on the floor. He'd snack on the chicks too?

12 Re: wolverine?!?! on Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:11 am

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Oh skunks are bad too. Good thing you were able to get a look this time. No your enemy. My neighbour has had skunks for yrs with oodles of damage and yet ( knock on wood) I have never seen any. But you never get use to the gunshots

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