Catching a ferret in a chicken coop is a paramount task facing poultry farmers , if a predator has become accustomed to their farm.
The fact that hunting is a natural instinct is little consolation: the animal must be urgently disposed of. There are several ways to deal with polecats, martens and weasels that have chosen a poultry house.
Each farmer chooses the most convenient option. It is in vain to hope that the ferret will leave on its own: having visited the chicken coop once, the predator will never forget the way there.
Signs of the appearance of a predator in the house
The peculiarity of the polecat is that, having entered the poultry house and seeing an abundance of food, the beast can destroy all the chickens in one night, although it cannot eat so much prey.
This feature of the animal is especially harmful. In excitement, a marten or a polecat can kill even a large bird – geese, turkeys. There are signs that make it possible to determine the presence of a predator near the poultry house before the first victims appear.
The following testifies to the attempts of the beast to enter the chicken coop:
- Chickens do not leave their perches in the morning – a frightened bird sits upstairs, even when the owner enters pouring food. This behavior occurs when the predator is near the poultry house.
- Chickens huddle on the uppermost perches and even with severe crowding refuse to sit lower.
- Poultry screams at night in the chicken coop – hearing a polecat trying to get inside, the chickens wake up, start screaming, and make a noise for a long time. When the owner appears, the bird does not calm down.
If a predatory animal has entered the chicken coop, signs of hunting become apparent. All or part of the chickens are crushed. Blood was drunk from the bird, legs and head are often gnawed off.
When it is suspected that a ferret has appeared near the chicken coop, urgent action must be taken. The very next night the bird can be completely destroyed. A trap is urgently placed on the predator, and the bird is transferred to a safe place, inaccessible to an intruder.
Attention! When the ferret has completely destroyed the chickens, it is pointless to start the bird again (before getting rid of the hunter): the pest will bite new pets.
What is the danger of a ferret, weasel and marten
A special danger of a predator in the mass destruction of poultry. Having penetrated into the poultry house, the ferret, having eaten, begins to prepare food for the future.
The prey often becomes the entire chicken herd. The nature of the hunting of the polecat, weasel, marten is the same: fishing continues as long as there is a live bird in the chicken coop.
If the predator is scared off, the hunt will continue the next night. It is important for the farmer to prevent such attacks.
Chicken coop after a predator visit
Features of the ferret skeleton, weasels allow the animals to easily penetrate through small holes, narrow cracks, greatly complicating the protection of the chicken coop in the habitats of these predators. It is easier to protect the house from rats.
Important! Large aggressive roosters are capable of killing ferrets while protecting hens. Against experienced hunters who regularly hunt poultry, the rooster is powerless.
What traps to use
For catching a ferret, traps of different models are used. Given the predator’s nocturnal lifestyle, the trap is set in the evening. Using traps, they ensure the safety of chickens: they place traps in a place inaccessible to birds.
After installation, traps must be treated with a special composition that repels the smell of a person that frightens a predator.
They use a product sold by specialized stores, manure (a trap is coated with a substance), slaked lime (applied with a brush). If the place of the ferret’s hole is known, the trap is placed nearby.
To catch a predator, they use the so-called. trap number 1. The watchdog of the device is made especially sensitive. A bird killed by a ferret serves as a bait, a trap is poured with the blood of an animal.
A rat trap with enough power to hold a large rodent is a suitable trap for a ferret. The device is additionally weighted, fixed on a large board, so that the trap becomes stable.
The polecat turns over a light rat trap, vigorously escaping. A freed predator, remembering a dangerous trap, always bypasses the rat traps.
Use of pets
Domestic animals – cats, dogs – help many farmers, protecting chicken coops from ferrets. They scare away predators, making it difficult to calmly get a bird.
The ferret is a mobile, cautious animal, therefore it is difficult to catch the enemy of poultry houses, but some pets are valuable hunters. Agile dogs, cats are capable, unexpectedly grabbing, crushing a polecat, weasel, marten.
Important! Pets that hunt predators must be vaccinated against rabies
Ferrets and other breeds of domestic ferrets are useful to farmers. They catch rodents, driving wild polecats out of their territory. Well-fed pets do not hunt birds. You can’t let tame ferrets only to chicks: chickens will turn out to be a toy for hunting and entertainment.
Some farmers catch animals with homemade traps.
The simplest version of the device is a bucket or box with a support. The bait is a piece of meat containing a large amount of blood.
The prop is positioned so that the animal knocks it down by pulling the bait. The minus of the trap is the need for constant checking, otherwise the ferret will have time to get out. The caught animal must be removed quickly.
More reliable is a cage that has a vertically descending door, held open by a rope, which is released as soon as the bait is touched. Meat to attract the animal is taken with abundant blood.
Care must be taken when removing a captured ferret. The teeth of polecats, martens, weasels are very sharp, easily bite through the skin, damage the joints.
A wild animal may be infected with the rabies virus. Thick, thick mittens are put on the hands, and thick leather gloves are worn under them. It is convenient to use the lasso, getting the predator out of the trap.
You can not try to tear off the ferret, clinging to the hand: the injury will be stronger. The nose is pinched to the animal to loosen the grip, then a wooden stick is inserted between the jaws, with which the mouth is opened.
More reliable cage with a vertically descending door
After a bite, you must urgently seek medical help, get vaccinated against rabies. It is necessary to try to take the ferret to a veterinary laboratory for diagnosis.
What to do with the captured animal is up to the poultry breeder to decide. If possible, you can act humanely: release the ferret far into the forest, from where the animal cannot return. When distant release is not possible, the pest must be destroyed. The skin of a healthy animal is used.
Some farmers know how to catch the polecat with a rope lasso. The process is complex and requires experience. With insufficient hunter skill, the animal will easily slip out of the loop and become more careful.
Important! Experts do not advise the use of homemade products for catching polecats, but recommend professional devices that provide a guaranteed result.
How to scare away a ferret, marten, weasel
Electronic devices have been developed that create ultrasound. It causes fear in the predator and forces the animal to leave the territory covered by the action of the repeller.
Live trap scheme
Other animals are not disturbed by the device. The man does not hear him. The disadvantage of an ultrasonic device is the possible addiction of a predator, the disappearance of the scaring effect.
Low frequency repellers are not addictive. The sound always seems to be the animal signal of an approaching earthquake. However, the operation of the device negatively affects pets that perceive low-frequency sounds. Chickens experience stress when the device is working.
There are light repellers that have a motion sensor. When fixing a moving object, the device turns on a lantern, the light of which, frightening, drives the animal away from the chicken coop.
The disadvantage of the light method of scaring away is the inability to completely cover the entire area around the building, so persistent ferrets will be able to enter the chicken coop through an unlit area. More effective light repeller, additionally equipped with a sound function.
Folk ways of fighting
Important! Folk measures against polecats, martens, weasels are sometimes used by owners of a small farm, but there is no official confirmation of the effectiveness of such protection.
The surface of the walls of the building is recommended to be smeared with tar. The substance should scare away the predator, but not all animals are afraid of the smell of tar. If the foundation of the building is not sufficiently strengthened, the polecat will dig, bypassing the area with tar.
There is an opinion that the goat skin drives away the polecat with its smell. According to allegations, the smell of a goat frightens all members of the weasel family. Getting rid of the animal in this way is difficult. The method is more correctly attributed to preventive measures in a well-insulated poultry house.
A popular way is to catch an animal with a strictly heavy coat or jacket. A person needs special skill. The animal must be quickly covered and wrapped in a coat.
The ferret should be pulled out by the withers, after putting on gloves and mittens.
It is unacceptable to involve children in the case. Catching a ferret with a jacket or coat is dangerous and not desirable. A wild animal carries many diseases, so it is advisable not to allow contact.
How to avoid a predator
The poultry breeder, at the risk of a ferret appearing in the chicken coop, should take preventive measures in advance, provide for the protection of the building from the penetration of predators even during the construction process:
- Completely isolate the room. Make the foundation monolithic concrete, upholster the floor under the boards with iron. Tighten the walls of the chicken coop with a fine mesh, seal the cracks with cement.
- Install the ventilation system at a height of at least 2 meters from the ground.
- Close the coop tightly at night. Put a lock or latch on the door: the hook can be opened by the animal.
- Accumulation of things should not be allowed inside the premises: any shelters will allow the predator, having penetrated the chicken coop during the day, to go unnoticed.
- Equip the paddock along the perimeter with a concrete strip , which should go to a depth of 50 cm.
- In places where the risk of the appearance of a predator is high, daily inspect the chicken coop, bird walking. Suspicions of the appearance of the animal require the adoption of urgent additional protective measures.
The appearance of a predator in the poultry house is a serious problem. It is easier to prevent the attack of animals by building the right barn for the bird than to solve the problem later, when some of the birds are already bitten.
Small predatory rodents are a real problem for poultry breeders. In good times, when there is enough food, they do not encroach on human possessions, but with the advent of cold weather, fearless fluffies go to any lengths to provide themselves with food. Most often, ferrets, martens and weasels visit chicken coops. Having found uninvited guests, the owner of the poultry house must urgently take action and catch a ferret or other cunning pest.
Fur-bearing mammals called ferret and weasel are common both in our country and in European and American territories. With noticeable differences in appearance, their character and habits are one hundred percent predator, who knows where to look for prey and how to get there.
The ferret was bred over 2000 years ago in southern Europe. For a long time, the animal replaced the cat for aristocrats. A miniature fluffy creature has short legs and an elongated body. The length of an adult male reaches 50 cm, females – 40 cm, and the average length of the tail is 18 cm.
Its color varies from white to dark brown. On the muzzle there is a clearly distinguishable “mask”, the ears are short. There are albino ferrets called “Furo”. Such individuals do not have characteristic black marks on the muzzle.
Despite the pretty appearance, the animals are real predators. They have fangs and sharp claws, which they use when necessary. If the life of a ferret, weasel or marten is not in danger, then the representative of the wild behaves peacefully, but when he feels an ambush, he becomes quite aggressive.
Ferret, marten or other fur predator hunts at night.
Natural poultry lovers often visit chicken coops in the winter, especially if the human area is bordered by forest or dense planting. In this case, the smell of the house and fresh prey attracts the animal irresistibly.
Once in the chicken coop, the ferret kills chickens, making supplies. Knowing about his habits, it is easy to guess that after a couple of nightly visits, nothing will remain of the feathered livestock. The predator can inflict the first sortie without victims, only for reconnaissance, but on the second visit there will be a massacre in the chicken coop.
There are several signs by which you can guess about the visit of an uninvited overnight guest. At home, it is necessary to deal with an illegal visitor to human territory if:
- in the morning, chickens are in no hurry to leave their perches;
- the bird behaves nervously and looks frightened;
- blood is found
- there are dead birds;
- characteristic traces of the movement of a predator are visible on the snow.
After nightly visits by uninvited guests, laying hens and other inhabitants of the poultry house do not leave the nest or continue to sit on perches located above the ground. Chickens cackle without interruption or, conversely, are silent. With the arrival on the territory of the owner, they do not usually run to meet him.
If there are feathers on the floor or blood is visible, then this indicates a struggle. In this case, several birds in the flock are usually missing. With such signs, it is also necessary to urgently take action and get rid of the ferret or weasel.
It is worth alerting if characteristic traces of movement by jumps are found near the poultry house, this is how a fan of night hunting “walks”. In this case, you can even determine which of the inhabitants of the forest came to the territory.
The largest distance between the tracks of the front and hind paws of a ferret is 50-60 cm.
The marten leaves imprints-dots at a width of 30-40 cm. The smallest “step” length for a weasel is 20-30 cm.
It is simply necessary to drive the pest away from the poultry house. For this, both old-fashioned methods and modern technologies are used. Most often, to get rid of a furry predator, they use:
- electronic repeller.
Old-fashioned methods for daring a ferret or weasel include the use of tar. They smeared the outer walls of the poultry house. It is believed that the animal does not tolerate the smell of this substance. At the same time, they carefully checked the condition of the ventilation in the attic and closed it with a fine grate.
As a natural “driver” of a hungry predator, sheep, sheep or skins were hung on the walls of the chicken coop. The specific smell of the material was supposed to reliably protect the livestock from night guests.
One of the radical ways to get rid of an impudent ferret is a trap. Having bypassed the territory of the poultry house and found manholes or tunnels there, which were used by the night guest, you need to stock up on several traps.
Ferrets are the only animals that are not afraid of humans.
In this case, the tools get rid of the human smell by boiling in coniferous water for 25-30 minutes. Then covered with lime. Further, so that for sure the animal does not smell anything, they are additionally treated with manure or chicken droppings.
Traps are placed at the beginning and at the end of the manhole. Having opened the tools, the bait is placed in the center. Touching the trap after processing with needles is possible only with gloves.
Humane ferret or weasel hunters can make a trap with their own hands. In this case, they take a box that is larger than the beast. They lift it up and rest it on a stick, which, if the prey gets inside, would fall and slam the box. They put bait into the trap: a piece of fresh chicken or fish and wait.
Often, farmers make some kind of cage with a door that, when an animal gets inside, goes down. After that, the captured predator is taken away from home and released into the wild.
For those who do not want to mess with the construction of the cage or kill ferrets, weasels and other predatory animals, electronic repellers have been created. The devices emit ultrasound at a certain purity, which is constantly changing and does not allow furry thieves to get used to and adapt to it.
In addition to birds, ferrets and martens love to feast on raw eggs. The radius of action of such “know-how” is 1.2 thousand square kilometers. Some devices are also equipped with a red beacon, which, like the sound, is activated when the beast approaches and stops it. The technique does not affect pets and livestock in any way.
Some daredevils catch night guests with their hands. To do this, they guard in the chicken coop, after putting on thick mittens and stocking up on an old thick coat. When they hear the beast, they throw the tacked cloth over it and seize it. In this case, you should be careful and protect your eyes and face.
In order not to miss the beast and not to frighten it away, a ringing object, for example, a bucket, is placed on the support on one side, and something edible is placed under it. When the predator runs there, the trap will slam shut and make a characteristic loud sound, which will additionally notify of the capture.
Experts say that you can make friends with animals. If the individual is young, then they try to tame it. In this case, the owner of the chicken coop will receive an excellent guard of his territory. The beast will think that the area belongs to him and will not touch anyone in this area. It will also help get rid of rats and mice that attack poultry houses in the warm season.
To protect the territory from night visitors, large dogs or cats are also used. By tying the dog near the poultry house, you don’t have to worry about the safety of the birds, since ferrets and other wild animals are afraid of large four-legged animals and do not like their smell.
As a preventive measure for the chicken coop and saving the poultry population, it is recommended to regularly inspect the room for fresh manholes in the walls, roof or tunnels. A high-quality concreted floor will solve the problem of furry visitors penetrating through holes, and the outer partitions sheathed with iron from the bottom of the chicken coop will not allow him to gnaw through the floors.
Professionals try to build poultry houses above ground by placing it on piles. Additionally, a fine mesh is dug in along the bottom of the perimeter to a depth of 50-70 cm. This will protect the room from penetration from below.
In order not to once again attract the attention of natural hunters, it is not recommended to make a dump near the outer wall of the poultry house or to stack empty boxes and crates for a long time. It is undesirable to dump manure nearby or use the remains of fish as fertilizer. Since this can attract not only a ferret or weasel, but also a fox, which is more difficult to repel.
By detecting the intruder in time and preventing his further visits, the owner will save his birds. Having tried to tame a ferret, you can get a faithful guard and a beautiful friend.
Many owners of poultry houses are familiar with the picture of a devastated chicken coop: severed heads, sucked blood and chewed off paws. This is how the ferret works, doing its “wet” deeds. In appearance, this animal is quite cute, but a dangerous predator is hiding behind a cute and innocent muzzle. He considers it a matter of honor to destroy any bird that catches his eye in the area. It is very important to take all appropriate measures at the first sign of its appearance in order to prevent a series of further misfortunes. How to get rid of a ferret in a chicken coop – there are many ways, from setting homemade traps to hunting traps, each of which is quite effective.
How to get rid of a ferret in a chicken coop
Dossier on the Predator
Perhaps every second poultry farmer has encountered the problem of night robberies. The signature of this small predator is to attack until the last bird is killed. Therefore, if a ferret has visited the poultry house at least once, he will never forget the way to it.
Ferret footprints on the farm
Intoxicated by the abundance of prey, it can strangle even geese. Since he cannot carry such a large trophy into the forest, he leaves the half-eaten carcasses in the chicken coop.
With a fairly small size of the body, which reaches a maximum of 45 cm in length, it can easily kill a huge number of domestic birds in one walk. Like the weasel, he lives in conditions of complete impunity, since the owner usually finds out about their visit after the fact. Therefore, the problem of how to protect domestic chickens from weasels and ferrets is especially relevant in a number of other concerns about home-grown pets.
The attack style of the ferret is quite aggressive: it sneaks up imperceptibly, overtakes the victim with a sudden jump, strangles it with its paws, and then proceeds to the meal. He prefers small chickens as a dessert, but chickens form the basis of his diet. If I don’t eat, then I bite – this saying clearly demonstrates his style. Greed brings it to the point of absurdity: after nightly visits, many birds remain dead, but not eaten. Eating birds, he does not touch their heads, but manages to gnaw their throats in the most destructive way: soft tissues begin to decompose very quickly and devalue the entire carcass as a whole. Therefore, it is almost impossible to use a dead bird after its arrival for culinary purposes.
In the chicken coop, the ferret feels at ease
Signs of the appearance of uninvited guests
The ferret leads an active nocturnal lifestyle. Therefore, it is possible to catch him red-handed only at night or in the morning, observing the behavior of birds, in case they survived. If you enter the chicken coop and the birds do not leave their perches, you can assume with 100% certainty that unwanted guests came to them at night. Already on this, inconspicuous at first glance, nuance, one should think about taking preventive measures.
If chickens are chained to their perches in the morning, it can be assumed that a ferret wandered near the chicken coop at night
Having tasted the chicken at least once, the ferret considers the entire nursery to be his property. For him, it is turning into a strategic reserve of the future. Even if you replace the dead bird with a new population of birds, the problem will not disappear. The petty thief will definitely find a way to kill the updated herd of chickens. Therefore, it is better to think about how to catch a ferret in a chicken coop .
Getting rid of a ferret in a chicken coop
Given the nocturnal lifestyle of the animal, you can try to watch for it in the dark. However, the animal is quite dexterous and nimble, and catching it alone is quite problematic. In addition, it is necessary to provide not only the safety of chickens, but also their own, including.
If you want to fight a predator alone, you must act according to the following scheme:
- when you see a ferret, throw a rather heavy old coat or raincoat over it;
- then wrap it up and place it in a pre-prepared cage;
- to pull it out of there, you should secure your hands with very tight gloves and only then touch the animal;
- if the predator somehow managed to bite the trapper, it is necessary to pinch the nose of the animal, and place a small piece of wood in the jaw.
To avoid bites, a wooden stick must be placed between sharp teeth.
The further fate of the thief depends only on the mood of the farmer. This method is not the most pleasant, since the animal’s anal glands exude a strong stench at the moment of fright.
Despite the damage that ferrets cause to poultry farms, one should be aware that the animals act according to their nature. There is no intentional malice in their actions. It is necessary to think several times before harming an animal in a fit of rage.
The most humane option is to release the ferret away from residential buildings.
Ferret Control Methods
If the independent catch of the beast is not included in the plans, then you can solve the problem of getting rid of the ferret using the old grandfather methods.
Trap: tested in practice
At the first alarm bells, it is necessary to correctly place hunting traps. A small predator is quite cautious and has an excellent sense of smell, so it is recommended to treat the trap with special solutions in order to remove the smell of human presence. You can use the following options:
- coat the trap with manure;
- rub with dried lizard skin;
- take a brush and apply slaked lime to the device;
- place in boiling water and boil for several minutes in spruce needles.
Once the trap has been properly handled, it can only be handled with thick cloth gloves.
If the animal has already acquired its own burrows in the area adjacent to the poultry house, the trap should be placed at the entrance to the tunnel.
Feathers can be used as bait: an inquisitive predator will certainly make an attempt to come closer and examine a tidbit
To choose the right trap, experienced farmers recommend purchasing two No. 1 traps at once. You can buy other varieties: the most important thing in a good trap is a sensitively tuned gatehouse.
Hunting trap No. 1
Prices for traps
The first trap should be installed directly in the chicken coop. It is necessary to hang a bird strangled by an animal earlier on a hook located 10–20 cm from the floor surface, and place the trap itself under a dead carcass. The trap is recommended to be set at the moment when the birds are calm and comfortably settled in their perches. If a predator enters the house, you can place the bait on the doorknob.
Do not place the carcass too high from the floor.
Place the second trap at the animal hole. For greater persuasiveness, the body of a dead bird can be treated with poison or sleeping drugs – depending on the degree of hatred for the annoying thief, you can choose one or another remedy.
The trap must be placed directly next to the hole
Immediately after waking up, the traps should be inspected and, if the animal did not undertake a night outing, postpone them until the next time.
The unfortunate ferret fell into a trap
There are several options for traps for small predators.
|First way||Second way|
|To build this artisanal device, you will need an ordinary cage or box, in which you should put the bait in the form of a fresh piece of meat. The door of the device must be adjusted so that when the animal enters the middle, it closes. When the animal is caught, you should take the device into the forest and release the animal.||The key to the success of this method of capturing the animal lies in the bucket! The trick is that a chicken carcass is placed at the bottom of the bucket, and traps are placed around the perimeter. Even if the ferret manages to bypass all the traps along the path of the desired prey, when he gets the prey and clings to it with his teeth, he will begin to back away and will certainly fall into one of the devices.|
Experienced farmers recommend not experimenting with poisoned bait. In the yard, as a rule, there are pets, which can also be tempted by the tidbit that is inside.
You can catch a thief with a regular bucket
When placing various ingenious devices on the territory, do not forget that in addition to ferrets, welcome pets can also live on the site. Domestic cats and dogs can easily fall prey to these simple devices, so care should be taken to keep pets away from the trap areas.
Trapping ferrets with a live trap
If this method was chosen, the following devices will be needed before installation:
- live trap;
- decoction of wormwood;
- well trained dog;
- mastic or goatskin;
- fortified barn;
- thick gloves.
Live trap for trapping martens
After all the necessary components for catching a ferret have been found, the following measures must be taken.
Familiarize yourself with the habits of a predator and make every effort to figure out its holes. If there are guesses about possible places of night visits other than the chicken coop, you can pour sand there, and then follow the tracks to make a picture of the movements of the polecat.
Ferret footprints in the sand
The ferret crawled out of its hole
Do-it-yourself scheme for building a live trap
The smell of wormwood is strong enough to overpower the smell of a human body.
Video – Live trap for a ferret in a poultry house
Do not discount pets. They are also able to ward off the annoying beast. A doghouse should be placed near the poultry house, or even better, put the dog on a chain so that he can freely explore the territory entrusted to him. Trained cats can be run into the chicken coop itself.
The cat caught the ferret
It is better not to leave dogs alone with birds in a closed house. Locked in a closed space, they start to get nervous.
Farmers of the old school recommend coating the walls of the house with mastic or placing a goat skin in it. It is believed that these aromas repel animals.
Place the skin of a goat in the chicken coop: the smell emanating from it will scare away the polecat
How to avoid a ferret
If there is no need to resort to such drastic measures as setting traps, you can try to protect the house with all possible measures. One of the most important preventive measures to protect the chicken coop from martens and other members of the mustelid family, which includes the ferret, is to concrete the floor. You can also lay a special mesh under the floor and be sure to close up all the holes. Animals are well adept at digging holes: they can dig into even hard frozen soil, which can be worked with difficulty with a shovel. Sharp teeth and tenacious claws of animals cope even with such a difficult task.
The concrete floor will protect the nursery from the penetration of the beast through the holes
One of the most important defenses of the chicken coop from foxes, polecats and other living creatures is to clear the area: the adjacent area should be freed from any boxes or haylofts. Animals can hide in a pile of stones or boards, in tall grass and any rooms located near the chicken coop. They especially like places with high levels of humidity.
The area around the chicken coop
Prices for chicken coops for birds
Since the ferret does not make forays into the barn during the daytime, it can attack a bird that is far from the yard. Accordingly, the area for walking birds should be carefully fenced. You can surround the entire space with dug sheets of iron or slate, and enclose summer aviaries with a fine mesh.
Be a caring owner so that one tragic morning you do not have to watch a hill of corpses in the middle of a barn. Keep birds during the day in well-protected pens, and at night move them to a well-locked chicken coop. Once the animal has made several unsuccessful attempts to attack the poultry house, it will lose all interest in trying again. And caring owners of birds will be able to sleep peacefully, being in full confidence in the safety of the chicken population.
The ferret is a smart and quirky creature. Relying on his instincts, he becomes more and more inventive each time in ways to penetrate the chicken coop. If you are thinking about how to prevent the destruction of birds , you can attack first and start your own hunt for the beast. To do this, you should find the dwellings of night robbers in the adjacent territories and ruin them. To search for the places of residence of animals, you can attract a trained dog or use the services of an experienced hunter. The destruction of the holes of small robbers will be the most effective and effective measure, but it cannot be called humane.
It would be much more appropriate to take preventive measures in the fight against the ferret and carry out a series of measures to strengthen the poultry house to prevent the possibility of predators on the vine. Do not tempt animals with easily accessible prey!