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This morning I discovered that something has tried to get into the WIR

Thankfully is was a cold night so the girls were locked up in the !gored!

It definitely happened overnight as I noticed it right away

 

I've got two 'foxwatch' installed on two of three exposed sides and coincidentally this was on the side that didn't have a foxwatch.

 

Anyone know if this is possum? fox? raccoon? some other creature?

 

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photo by jewilk71, on Flickr

 

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photo by jewilk71, on Flickr

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I'm afraid I couldn't tell you what did it, unless perhaps it left droppings nearby, however I don't think it's a coincidence it's on the side that didn't have a foxwatch. Short of re-enforcing it, or ordering a 3rd foxwatch, I wouldn't know what to suggest, but hopefully it won't be back.

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Your fox watch will only work against foxes and dogs.

 

Whatever it is .. it has mighty strong teeth. We don't encounter raccoons and possums over here, so I've no idea about the sort of damage they can create.

 

Could it be a squirrel? We had one in our attic once and it left that sort of damage.

 

How about putting a live catch trap down, and then dealing with whatever you catch in accordance with your local laws.

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I'd be surprised if a fox did that, the teeth marks and chew pattern just don't look right - but I am really just guessing, I'm no expert! I think it looks more like a rodent - maybe racoon? My OH suggested maybe a rat after the food?

 

As mentioned above, I don't think a fox watch would help if it's a rodent. Not sure what the best solution would be, apart from repairs/reinforcements to chewable areas, and locking the coop door at night.

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That was one determined critter that is for sure. The teeth marks look like some sort of rodent but don't know for sure. It's just that it looks like it would have two large front teeth. Hope that ever all the damage that is done.

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Your fox watch will only work against foxes and dogs.

 

the niteguard company have raccoon testimonials...

http://www.niteguard.com/pages/Testimonials/#Raccoon%20Testimonials

 

whatever it was it didn't return last night and as a temporary deterrent I rolled some more hardware cloth over the damaged area in case it did come back

 

I'm pretty sure its a raccoon - we have them - I've seen them - just gotta keep them away from the girls

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Looks like a raccoon to me, we nave a huge one who can barely climb back over the fence after gorging on food! He has also chewed up the compost bin trying to get in.:(

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Looks like a raccoon to me, we nave a huge one who can barely climb back over the fence after gorging on food! He has also chewed up the compost bin trying to get in.:(

 

I think you're right...

I had one living under the porch that was so fat that its belly swung from side to side when it walked...

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all quiet on the chicken coop front!

I wrapped the damaged wood in wire mesh so hopefully that will slow down any new attacks

 

 

it was mighty chilly this morning - a very 'pretty to look at' frosty morning - very english I thought...

the girls weren't as so impressed and went back to bed after their porridge!

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it was mighty chilly this morning - a very 'pretty to look at' frosty morning - very english I thought...

the girls weren't as so impressed and went back to bed after their porridge!

 

I wish I was a chicken... :lol:

 

Glad to hear no more chewing activity, your racoons certainly make our polecats look puny!

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