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What to Use to Keep Away Predators

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So I just buried my hen, and I read that I should use lime to cover the spot she was buried so no raccoons find her. I want to know what else I can use because the raccoons are going to find her one day and if they get used to the lime juice...
Anyways, if there are any spices, strong smells that you can find in your kitchen that would keep raccoons away. There has been raccoon dung in my yard and no cat sightings, but no chances between me and those chicken-eaters.

Proud caretaker of two Dutch Bantams, two Japanese Bantams, and five Japanese Bantams.
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Proud caretaker of two Dutch Bantams, two Japanese Bantams, and five Japanese Bantams.
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Sorry to hear about your loss. Here are tips on deterring 'Coons that you can try:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/raccoon-chicken-predators-how-to-protect-your-chickens-from-coons

 

Good luck!

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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post #3 of 6
Not the citrus "lime" the chemical "lime" that will expedite the decomposition process!
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Bury em deep at least 2 feet of dirt between the body and the surface of the ground.

When I buried my dog I put a piece of 2x4 fencing about 6 inches down to stop any diggers.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Originally Posted by duckmanjim View Post

Not the citrus "lime" the chemical "lime" that will expedite the decomposition process!

More particularly the chemical Calcium Hydroxide that can be used to amend the soils acid nature when burring bodies, thus reducing the odor.  It is thought that coffins were once made from solid limestone for this reason. 


Edited by chickengeorgeto - 2/14/16 at 10:14pm
Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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The best way to keep raccoons away from your poultry is with strong walls, pens, and electric fences.  I also have had  quite a bit of luck using small chunks of lead traveling at a high rate of speed.  A raccoon hating dog also works, most of the time.

Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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