I have ducks and chickens. The ducks have been in a fenced area near the back yard, the chickens in a coop,not too far away. For 5 years I have never had a problem with predators. Two days ago, while at work, two of my ducks escaped out of their area and were dragged away. The drag marks were found later that evening. I moved the other four ducks into the chicken coop and contained them. Today, I was at home, I opened the inside door to the coop so they can move around a bit. (there is a perimeter fence around the interior). I went outside tonight to feed and water, another one of my ducks was gone. I found the same drag and tracks the were found the other night. Whatever got in there, jumped the fence with the duck. There are no digging marks. What can I do to stop this. I believe that is a fox or coyote. The prints are small. How can I trap this thing? It knows where the food source is. What can I do to prevent this?
I want to catch this SOB.
If you read through our COYOTE AND FOX CONTROL article, you’ll see there are several types of traps that can be employed to catch whatever animal you might have active stealing your ducks and chickens. But based on the pattern you described, I recommend getting the LT152248RD WITH BAIT CAGE. This trap can be set with a live animal for bait and whatever is coming around your coop won’t be able to resist. I expect you’ll quickly trap it and the problem will be resolved. The Trap page above has a great video that goes over all you need to do when making the set. But based on the aggressiveness displayed by this animal, I’m sure you’ll get fast results once a good set is made.
Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:
Fox and Coyote Article: http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page1026.html
LT152248 Live Trap: http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page1034.html