Killing Peacocks

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Re: Killing Peacocks

Post by msplmtneer » Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:51 pm

Try spreading flour around for tracks :tiphat:


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Re: Killing Peacocks

Post by sstterry » Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:53 pm

If you catch the culprit, set up a game camera since they always roost in the same tree.

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Re: Killing Peacocks

Post by ga.prime » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:09 pm

sstterry wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:53 pm
If you catch the culprit, set up a game camera since they always roost in the same tree.
Set up a game camera after you catch the culprit? Is that reverse psychology? :D
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Re: Killing Peacocks

Post by Stocker Steve » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:22 pm

[quote="TN Cattle Man"
Will hopefully find out tonight! Setting 3 live traps... 2 with sardines and 1 with canned dog food.
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do you use pole traps in TN?
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Re: Killing Peacocks

Post by ohiosteve » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:35 pm

Oppossum will bite a chickens head off and just drink the blood, I've caught one in the act. I've been told they are blood thirsty. They usually stick to the ground but will occasionally climb trees. I'm interested to hear what you catch. Good luck.
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Re: Killing Peacocks

Post by TN Cattle Man » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:52 pm

Some great replies... One thing that I should mention is that a peacock will roost very high in the tall trees. My guess would be 30 feet high or so. Does that give any additional clues as to who the culprit is? Something sure has them riled up. Went to feed the horses tonight and there were a couple perched in the rafters of the horse barn. I have never seen them in there before.
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Re: Killing Peacocks

Post by Caustic Burno » Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:01 pm

TN Cattle Man wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:52 pm
Some great replies... One thing that I should mention is that a peacock will roost very high in the tall trees. My guess would be 30 feet high or so. Does that give any additional clues as to who the culprit is? Something sure has them riled up. Went to feed the horses tonight and there were a couple perched in the rafters of the horse barn. I have never seen them in there before.
That definitely moves the needle to owl in my book.
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Re: Killing Peacocks

Post by 76 Bar » Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:03 pm

If I were your neighbor, it would be me blowing their heads off. I hate those screeching bast**ds.
That makes two of us. 8)
Same for wild turkeys. PITA.

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Re: Killing Peacocks

Post by sstterry » Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:29 am

ga.prime wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:09 pm
sstterry wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:53 pm
If you catch the culprit, set up a game camera since they always roost in the same tree.
Set up a game camera after you catch the culprit? Is that reverse psychology? :D
Oops....that is supposed to say If you don't catch the culprit,

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Re: Killing Peacocks

Post by TN Cattle Man » Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:28 am

Well.... nothing in the traps this morning! Went out several times last night with a spotlight looking for owls (probably why nothing in the traps...LoL). No dead peacocks this morning! The mystery continues...
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Re: Killing Peacocks

Post by TCRanch » Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:21 am

76 Bar wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 7:03 pm
If I were your neighbor, it would be me blowing their heads off. I hate those screeching bast**ds.
That makes two of us. 8)
Same for wild turkeys. PITA.
My aunt convinced her husband to get peacocks - and she's the one that shot them.

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Re: Killing Peacocks

Post by alisonb » Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:32 am

Surplus killing or Henhouse syndrome. Have never seen an owl practice this, they kill to eat. Over here it would be something like a skunk, mongoose or genet. Whoever suggested racoon or mink are proberly correct as they are known for 'surplus killing'.
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Re: Killing Peacocks

Post by M.Magis » Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:21 am

I've caught hawks red handed killing chickens and just eating the head/neck. Owls will do it too. Perhaps they start at the head and get interrupted before continuing, I don't know.

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Re: Killing Peacocks

Post by hurleyjd » Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:25 am

I have not seen a spotted skunk since I do not know when. When younger there were a few around. People called them civet cats. They would slip into the chicken house and grab a chicken for the roost and kill it and eat the head and the head only.

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Re: Killing Peacocks

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:15 pm

But mink wouldn't climb the tree would they??
I owned Peafowl for many years. Love them. (BTW - they do NOT like water/pond???)
Owl would my first thought. They will kill a large bird and just eat the gullet out.
Next would be fisher and raccoons - but I would think they would eat "some" of it. I know skunks will kill lots of chickens - bite their head off - then "plan" to come back and eat as they needed.
Edit: I too, thought you were asking about YOU killing them. We used to kill our excess and I would make peocock & dumplings - YUMMY.
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