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hey everyone just thought id introduce myself. i live in sadkatchewan Canada been on the farm for 20 yrs mainly raised horses and a few chickens. we recently left the farm in the southern prairies to start a new life homesteading off grid in the northern part of the province. northern sask is deep in the boreal Forrest so we are having to completely relearn how to farm. we started off up here with a very small flock of hens last yr only to loose them all to weasles within the first month. we are hoping to try again this yr and i would greatly apreciate any helpful advice folks would have on predator control or prevention
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Welcome to Backyard chickens.  You may want to post on the predator threads and ask specifically for  advice on dealing with the little vermin. I know they can fit thru very small spaces.  We usually recommend   1/2" hardware cloth to replace all chicken  wire etc.  But in the case of weasels  I would recommend1/4" hardware cloth.

 

Your best advice may come from others in Canada who live with the problem and have to manage it somehow.  You can subscribe to the "Canadians - check-in-here." thread.

 

I would also suggest you have Livestock Guardian dogs that live with your chickens- once they are fully trained.    Jack Russell terriers  would be good after weasels  but also  probably get your chickens.  If you have chickens put up in the coop, you could probably safely have  JR's  hunt at night.

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thank you:) we do have quite a few dogs on the property ( 5 ) as bears cougars and wolves are common in our area. tho unfortunately our dogs are not chicken friendly. weve lost a few hens over the yrs to our pyraneese . ill definitely look into the other threads you mentioned for advice with my problem
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Hi and welcome to BYC. I hope that you manage to keep your future flock safe from all those critters up there!

 

All the best

CT

Nairobi, Kenya
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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around the run.
Did a moth know that the flame was going to change her life forever, or did she simply fly towards that heated embrace, knowing it would offer her something she couldn't give herself? In the end, the answer didn't really matter. The moth had never wanted the choice. -Joey W. Hill-
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Did a moth know that the flame was going to change her life forever, or did she simply fly towards that heated embrace, knowing it would offer her something she couldn't give herself? In the end, the answer didn't really matter. The moth had never wanted the choice. -Joey W. Hill-
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