Mink

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Our trail camera confirms that we’re in mink territory. This photo was taken in mid-August 2012 on the pond bank. Eric saw one mink in the vicinity of the farm several years ago, and we’ve suspected their presence on the farm, but this was the first confirmation.

Minks are predators, eating a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial prey (according to The Wild Mammals of Missouri) . We hope rodents and rabbits are on their menu when they visit the farm. Minks are one of the most important reasons to keep chickens secure at  night. A tight chicken house is a must, given how small an opening a mink’s long, thin body can get through.