Recommend me a game/trail camera!

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  1. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's

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    Something got a few of our chickens last night/this morning (partially our fault; the door to their area was left open).

    We're a little confused as to what could have done this, as it ate 3 whole, somewhat large chickens (any opinions on what would eat that much at once but leave a horse alone are welcome) and killed a large rooster that's not afraid of a fight. So I'm thinking of setting up a camera. I've been curious about game/trail cameras anyway (some local state parks and the like will let you leave one out for a few days), so I figured might as well take the plunge.

    I really don't know what to look for in one of these cameras, or what's reasonable in terms of price. Short term, I need it to be able to get pics/video of whatever got my chickens if it comes back. Longer term, I'd like something suitable to leave outdoors in a rainy swamp that will still get good pics of gators/panthers/Skunk Ape. If I can have it shipped quick, great. If I can pick it up locally tomorrow, even better (I'm near a Bass Pro Shops, Dick's, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowes...).

    Whatcha got?
     
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    The culprit depends on where you live.

    I have not had great luck with StealthCam. My first one lasted 4 years, but died. I have gone through 3 replacements this year alone.
     
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    coyote. I'll post a link to the device that proved our cat flap invader was a raccoon. just need to find it.
     
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    My money is on a fisher.
     
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    I agree...probably coyote(s). Gonna watch this thread...I want a good trail cam too.
     
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    It's hungry, whatever it is.

    I'm in Miami, FL, albeit in a somewhat rural, far-west part of it. It wouldn't take 10 minutes by car to get to what is essentially "Everglades".

    I've seen possums, raccoons, and a fox on our property before. I've seen hawks (even saw one try to take a too-fat hen once) and owls. A canal with gators is a few streets down. But I've never seen anything here or in the neighborhood that will eat 3 whole, large chickens (and I mean eat; all that was left was heads, wings and legs).

    My dad suspects a dog, though I don't know what kind of dog would be big enough to eat so much and yet be invisible during the day (assuming it's still here; the fences are all intact and do not appear dug-under, and it would be a little too much coincidence for it to have gotten both in and out while the automatic gate was open).

    A bobcat would be weird, though not out of the question given our location. I don't know that a bobcat would eat so much, though. A panther might explain the amount eaten, but otherwise so much more unlikely.

    Coyote populations in South Florida are growing. Would a single coyote eat so much, though? Or is a group/pack of them likely, while paying no mind to a horse (of course, chickens are easier prey...)?
     
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    Ours is great. Batteries still working since winter.
     
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    Ours is great. Batteries still working since winter.
     

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    typically there are 2 or more in the raiding party. they share with the pack. They may howl after a kill and it will send corkscrews up your spine.
     
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    What's odd is the chickens were eaten on the spot, not taken anywhere.
     
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    a giant constrictor snake would eat a few chickens without much noise... any swamps nearby?....
     
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    Your profile says space so I'm going with this thing

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    :)
     
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    Definitely a chupacabra. Or two of them.
     
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    Domestic cat? Maybe a bigger cat. Leaves head, wings and feet. Just a guess. Hope you don't lose any more and share the vid if you can.
     
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    sounds like a yote to me,,, Good Luck!!! RM
     
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