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Traps for polecats, minks, stoats etc.?

 
Kristaps Vinogulajs
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Recently we had attacked our chickens by some predator from weasel family, i bet on polecat(Mustela putorius). Two chicken bodies with holes in their neck and one hen body without head all hidden under some wood scraps.
From now rest of our chickens are kept in fine metal fence cages by night.
So i thought might be someone has made some traps for them and could share his experience and/or blueprints, photos?
 
Jay Green
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I didn't build it but the design is perfect and I don't even have to try to get the animal out of the trap:

 
Kristaps Vinogulajs
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I thought about that but it has one drawback- it needs meat. And i doubt that there are enough weasels in my area to meet the trap needs.
 
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He justifies his feed...one scoop of food per day keeps all my chickens and my financial investment therein alive and well.
 
Morgan Morrigan
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if they are coming in the same way everytime you can use aircraft cable snares.

If you want to suck em in, look up "PVC pipe skunk traps".
 
Irene Kightley
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We often use eggs in a trap and they work well.

These are Pine Martins - very beautiful but a real pain if they get in with the chickens.





We use live cages for all vermin except mice, these are quite cheap and easy to buy in a farmer's store (In France) but the design should be easy to copy.
 
Kristaps Vinogulajs
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Thank you all for your replies.
Yesterday i found a hole under summer chicken tractor(not in use now), seems its dug by vermin who is still sniffing around the barn.
So i decided to build a box trap(googled some blueprints) although im not sure why the commercial traps has two entrances? Does it doubles the possibility of catching the predator?
Irene- wow, those are beautiful animals. Do you use chicken or quail eggs?
 
Irene Kightley
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We don't have quails- we just use whatever eggs we have enough of.
 
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