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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-09-2014, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Racoons getting into the food box

Anyone have a good way to discourage racoons from stealing my colonys' food?

Lately I found the box turned upside down... and a few surpirse gifts left behind ... if ya know what I mean. They are not very nice guests.

I have one of those closed box feeders from caters pets... but I think they figured out how to stick their heads in the flap (as the cats do).
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Nothing I'm aware of... raccoons are crafty lil guys. The only suggestion I have is to leave the food out during the day and pick it up at night if it's a real issue, but the cats may not get fed then either since they are nocturnal too.


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I'm having trouble cutting and pasting on this computer, but google the words 'Raccoons can't jump.'
Bingo. I have a version of this, complete with a jumping-up box and the flashing.
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thanks Greenport Ferals
Turns out it is not Racoons...
Kind of a relief but yikes https://www.dropcam.com/c/a2a341b862...1f36a45db6.mp4
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Ha ha, that was hilarious!
Chomp, chomp, chomp.
I actually like possums, and that is a well-fed one.
Cute little guy, looked right at home.

I use a night vision camera also in my feral barn to keep track of the cats.
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Not the point of the thread but the footage on that little cam i amazingly clear. I'm impressed!

Better opossum than a raccoon. We have had trouble with raccoons coming into our house through the cats doors (they have to go through the one onto the porch and then the one into the house) and eating the cat food in the kitchen!

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That is a dropcam on low resolution ... Through a window.
I left bowls out on purpose after seeing what I thought was a possum on building surveillance. Did not know possums drank milk.
Oddly there is one food box that he hasn't figured out.
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Hm, I can't play the video. ?

Yuck, I don't like opossum. Their tails freak me out.

But I have twice caught one, actually slightly cute - I think the same one, looked young and didn't have the nasty-looking tail - eating the cat food on the screened porch. I cut a flap in the screen door so my stray can go in and out - unfortunately so can the opossum. The first time, with a little encouragement (noise), he scurried back out. But the second time, I think he couldn't remember the way out, went to hide in a corner. He made a hissing face at me, baring his teeth, though no sound came out (that I could hear, anyway). I got the broom and sort of gently swept him towards the flap.

Would putting the food up somewhere guard against opossums too?

Kneazles, OMG! The raccoons I've run into have been very bold and stared me down but I've never had one inside!
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Opossum tidbits: An adult has 50 teeth and can bite through a broom stick handle! They do not always play 'dead', also carry diseases and create stinky mess's!

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FIFTY teeth?! Yikes. And disease...10cats, now I feel justified in finding them yucky.

I don't know what they get their snouts into, but they also drink from the water bowl, and there's always a bunch of dirt at the bottom of the bowl. Blech.
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