Weasels

Weasels are the sly, sneaky predators of the chicken coop. Most people rarely encounter weasels, but many poultry farmers have witnessed the massacre a weasel can leave in its wake. Similar to its cousin the mink, weasels are efficient killers – sometimes killing more than they can eat. 

Weasels are dusk to dawn creatures. Not only are they quite elusive, but they move very swiftly in zigzagging patterns, darting from shadow to shadow. There are 3 species of weasels in Wisconsin: the long-tailed, the short-tailed, and the least weasel. They typically have short fur that is light brown above with a cream-colored throat and belly. During the winters, a weasel’s coat changes to white to help better blend into the snow. 

How Do I Get Rid of Weasels?

Being elusive and fast animals, weasels not only are hard to spot but are quite difficult to catch. However, weasels are very curious little creatures. Our certified technicians use specific bait that is designed to be very alluring to these sneaky little guys to aid in trapping and relocating them. 

DID YOU KNOW? – When a weasel’s fur changes white during the winter, the animal also called an ermine. 

Weasels have their ups and downs. They are best known for being great mousers and ratters. They help to keep the rodent population down. On the flip-side, they also prey on chickens and their eggs which is a huge problem for many people who own poultry, especially farmers. Weasels can slaughter an entire coop of chickens in a night. They can kill prey much larger than them and drag carcasses back to their dens for later. 

The most common sign of a weasel is the aftermath of one night getting into a chicken coop. Mr. Farmer will wake up one morning to find all his chickens slaughtered. Other signs of weasels would be their tracks or scat. A weasel’s tracks are usually paired with a 1-ft space between them and their scat is long, slender, and dark brown. 

Weasels breed in July, producing one litter a year with typically 4-6 young born in April or May. 

Weasels are common throughout the state of Wisconsin. However, long-tailed and least weasels are more common in the southern part of Wisconsin, while short-tailed weasels are more common in the northern part of the state. 

Weasels like to stay within a half a mile from their dens which are typically in hollow stumps, tree roots, or under old buildings. The den is also near a water source and abundant food source making farmlands a prime area to live near with plenty of rodents or chickens to eat. 

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