Originally Posted by RonP
Trapping or killing a predator is only a short term solution at best.
Another will soon replace the one disposed...there will be many loses on both sides.
Are you prepared to sustain losses?
Best to evaluate your situation and beef up your defenses.
Then sleep like a baby with both eyes closed knowing all is well
We have a pretty secure coop - it's built like a house. 2x4 studding, 16"/c. Insulated, 8" off the ground 1.25" flooring, shingled roofing. Solid oak door with a lock. The backside is a heavy pop door on a rope which opens into an enclosed run. 1" chicken wire 18" buried into the ground. Our land is an old gravel bed so it's a bit hard to dig through. Roofing is 5/12 pitched steel sheeting over chicken wire so it's a bit hard to walk up. The whole set up is fenced in by 100 x 150 ft of 5ft chicken wire buried into the ground a few inches.
The issue is not so much the predators getting in - it's an occasional chicken flying out and wandering around the setup at dusk. Although nothing is foolproof. We're looking at electrifying.
I have a few traps out there and the past few nights I can hear our sly gray fox out there yipping. In the morning, the traps are not sprung and the bait is gone. Time to sit watch. I realize that once we rid ourselves of one, another may move in. That's ok by me. I have a box of shells and I could use the target practice.