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Thread: Lead poisoning...hard way to go.

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Tacoma, WA

    Lead poisoning...hard way to go.


    Poor thing died of lead poisoning.

    They come into my yard after my kid's rabbits. The kids wanted baby rabbits so we one time ended up with a total of 30 rabbits.

    My kids sure loved them, but then a band of raccoons came in while we were gone and wiped out almost 20 rabbits.

    So now they are on the 'bad' list of my kids.

    I've trapped several and relocated them, holy cow do they make a fuss about being in a cage! Since they didn't like that, and they didn't like swimming either, I figured I would help them with some extra minerals in their diets. Figured iron and zinc and such are put into vitamins and are supposedly good for you, so I figured they must be missing something out of their diets to keep coming around my house looking for my rabbits.

    So I figured out it must be lead. Apparently this poor fellow overdosed on the stuff. I'll have to work on my proportions in the future.
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  2. #2
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    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Brian, I completely understand where it is you are coming from. Raccoons even though portrayed as fun mischevious critters, are carriers of many many types of disease. From worms your dogs or cats can pick up, from their manure on hay disease to horses, all the way up the scale to rabies. I raised one as a kid, he bit me and I "turned him loose" at that point. He came back a year or so later, just to let me pet him and he bit me again!
    Just had one go through our flock of laying hens, of course between the two flocks, couldn't go for the old grumpy hens, nope, took out 15 hens from the good flock just starting to lay.

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!


  3. #3
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    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    That is a good raccoon! They did away with my "flock" of five chickens. Didn't eat them just killed them. Got 4 one night and came back for the last one the next. My neighbor was watching our place while we were on vacation. Not her fault, but it was very traumatic for her. She felt responsible. That was three years ago and she is still apologizing.
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  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Racoons are predatory vermin.
    They raid turkey nests and kill poults and destroy eggs.
    When my boys were in 4-H 'coons killed hundreds of their chickens. Didn't eat them, just killed.
    I shoot or trap and kill 'coons around my property whenever I can.
    I would suggest, posting here may not be a good idea. I follow the old country method of the three Ss. Shoot, shovel, shut-up.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  5. #5
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    Dec 2006
    Indianapolis area
    They destroyed my brother-in-law's roof about a year ago. They dug holes clear through the roof and nested in the attic. Climbed the downspouts to get up there. He had them trapped and relocated. I would have opted for Brian's lead diet.


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    Dec 2008
    Portland, Oregon
    Looks like your next Shop Project should be a "Davy Crocket hat!
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    Feb 2009
    Whittier, CA, USA
    I was looking at an empty property a few months ago that was cheap. Cheap because all the interior walls and ceilings had damage and most of the wiring too due to a family of raccoons remodeling it to their needs. Insulation. flooring, drywall, finish carpentry and electrical damage was in the thousands of dollars.
    Dan Gonzales
    Whittier, CA, USA
    Dona nobis pacem

  8. #8
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    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    ....I follow the old country method of the three Ss. Shoot, shovel, shut-up.
    Well I guess I should cancel my midnight run to snoop around your place...
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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  9. #9
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    Oct 2006
    Central NY State
    Acute lead poisoning at that. I think I've read that the acute form is more deadly than the chronic.

  10. #10
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    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    ...I follow the old country method of the three Ss. Shoot, shovel, shut-up.
    ...and a good policy that is, too! It's also in force around here - for all sorts of varmints.
    Jim D.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!

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