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March 06, 2017, 01:29:10 PM
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Peacerose

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Last night I caught two coons with the dog proof traps.  One trap was set up next to the buckeye pen where they tried to get in before.  The other was where they got into the egg flock pen.  I baited them with dry dog food.  When I went to check this morning, two coons were laying there just napping.  They are now taking a permanent nap. 
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I also have a non-dog proof live trap.  I had set that up last night, then went to get the dog proof traps, came back and found I had caught a chihuahua.   eek  Marshall was supposed to keep the dogs in the house and promptly forgot.  So I ditched the live trap because Whitey ate the bait.

I've decided to start placing the dog proof traps around the pens proactively.

March 06, 2017, 01:37:39 PM
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March 08, 2017, 09:59:30 PM
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I already caught coon #3.    flap    Naively I thought there wasn't much chance of another one so soon. 

There are some youtube videos about these dog proof traps where they make a big ritual out of baiting the trap.  But if you have chickens drawing the coons, all you need to bait your traps is 2-3 pieces of dog kibble in the trap and 2-3 pieces scattered around the trap.

March 10, 2017, 06:38:39 PM
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Good Girl!!!!!!!!!  hi5 I'm so glad you are getting them!!!!!!!!!!!  cheers Sorry suckers!

March 12, 2017, 08:15:37 AM
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Good for you Dawn... I like the dog proof traps. uses their nature against them!

March 13, 2017, 04:50:06 PM
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Thanks!  And good to see you, Bill!  We caught coon #4 on Thursday night.  Nothing over the weekend.  Yesterday I checked the traps, they were undisturbed but all the bait was gone.  I suspect mice could get in and out without springing these traps.  So we have to re-bait the traps every night. 

No more chickens have been killed.   cheers    I put the buckeye roo back out with the rest of hens and Mama Hen went out, too.  Our young Fuzzy is sitting on her nest, so she will stay in for a while.  Fertile eggs are being laid so its time to start saving eggs for hatching.   hatch 

March 13, 2017, 06:34:15 PM
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Save eggs Dawn  sunny We'll hatch together!

March 13, 2017, 09:16:53 PM
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Save eggs Dawn  sunny We'll hatch together!

It's a deal!  I'm already saving some brassy back eggs.  The buckeye eggs will start saving tomorrow. 

March 15, 2017, 05:28:28 PM
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Sure hope you have these things under control.  I know it upsets you beyond control!  grrrr

March 17, 2017, 10:30:22 PM
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This has been a crazy week.  I got stung by something that burned for a long time and then started itching.  Marshall was tossed by a cow.  We also had to pull a calf out of a young cow (a different cow). 

And still caught three more coons -- #7 was this morning.  3 males and 4 females total.   

March 17, 2017, 11:21:46 PM
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This was kind of strange.  This coon stuck both hands in the trap.


March 21, 2017, 07:06:00 PM
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He was especially hungry Dawn!

March 22, 2017, 03:12:13 PM
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The weirdness continues with the coons.  Monday a coon broke loose and ran away with one of the traps.  I attached the chain of the trap to the chain link fence of the pen and he managed to unravel the wire of the pen by flipping and flopping around.   os  Now we definitely need to up our game!

The day before coons got into the buckeye pen and killed Mama Hen.   She was so happy with the new rooster and being outside with the flock.  What a great bird she was!   :'(

I studied the game cam pics and now have a plan based on what I saw.  The coons are very interested in the empty feeder in the now empty egg pen.  I will keep a handful of food in the feeder, also fill the waterer.   And I just remembered that the coons Marshall shot by the quail house were eating layer pellets.  Isn't that handy?!  I will put the cage trap inside the pen and bait with layer pellets.  I will move the remaining dog proof trap and wire it to the frame of the pen.  Also, buy more traps.       

March 22, 2017, 05:20:24 PM
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I'm so sorry Dawn!!!!!!!!! I don't even know what to say but that! You have multiple coon families for sure............Fires me up!  flames
Nasty things!

March 22, 2017, 10:59:35 PM
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This is prime raccoon habitat.  The creek bottom is full of coons.  This will be an ongoing battle.   
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