First of all, I just want to thank everyone for the wealth of knowledge on here. I read something on here every day. I can't give much back in terms of knowledge of gamefowl, but as my screen name implies, I do a bit of trapping from time to time. Just wanted to give a heads up on a product that you may not know about. It's pretty revolutionary in the world of racoon trapping. Here is a link, and no I don't work for these people, but I think they have about the best service of anywhere you can order from.
The way they work,they stick up out of the ground with food inside and the 'coon reaches in pulls the trigger and then it catches him. He cant chew out because the part of his foot that gets numb is protected by the trap. I know that most of you have chicken dogs, but these can be used right out in the yard with your chicken. Usually cage traps will catch chickens, even not baited. If your dog bumps a cage trap, it usually throws it. These work pretty good on possums and an occasional skunk. Just remember, even though they are called "dog proof" this is not entirely true, when they do catch a dog it is not pretty, because they can rarely get caught by the tongue. So don't put them in your dogs area baited with anything your dog eats. I like marsh mallows with a little syrup poured down the hole. Just syrup or maybe grape jelly in the chicken yard. Sardines are dynamite but there is the dog thing and they will tag an occasional housecat, if that is a problem. I like fish food soaked in syrup with a little peppermint oil, when I'm actually trying to rack up 'coon numbers. Set it, shove it in the ground and bait it anchor it with a 18 inch piece of rebar, wire it with a quadruple piece of 14ga tie wire to a 4 inch or bigger tree, cinderblock, or the middle of an eight foot pole. Then just forget about it, glance at it when you do chores. Keep in mind a trapped coon will dig a crater wherever you hook up to him, in case you are into manicured lawns. Make sure you are within the law, this type of trap doesn't lend itself well to relocating, most places you're OK on your own place, some places you can't discharge a firearm, but if your birds are worth the feed that's in them, then they are worth protecting, one way or another.