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wow,

truly a wealth of info here in this thread! I am a new chicken keeper, and am very happy to learn all about the different varmints, predators that one normally wouldn't consider tobe a threat.

chickspea, thank you for posting. I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you can stop this from continuing.

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Sounds like you have some experience to assess and deal with the issue.

Is this your first foray with chicken?

You may have to step up your defenses as rodents are greatly attracted to the birds and their feed.


Yeah, I do, unfortunately. Mice liked to visit my pantry and I used glue trap, but the ultrasound seemed like a better solution, until now.

I've had chicken for 1 year and a half. I lock the food, including their feeders, in large plastic gardening storage boxes or HomeDepot buckets with lid, every night.

They found a way into everything else but thicker plastic.

Of course they always find some leftovers on the ground, especially around the feeder, but I wasn't successful keeping the outdoors clean of rodents, yet..


Edited by chickspea - 3/28/16 at 8:40pm
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Originally Posted by koopmaster View Post
 

wow,

truly a wealth of info here in this thread! I am a new chicken keeper, and am very happy to learn all about the different varmints, predators that one normally wouldn't consider tobe a threat.

chickspea, thank you for posting. I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I hope you can stop this from continuing.


I am still learning the hard way, and this forum is of great help many times!

Here we have: snakes, weasels, bobcats, mountain lions, coyotes, raccoons, opossums, hawks, crows (attack only babies and songbirds, tho), and as I just learned the hard way rats and ground squirrels kill them, too.

Occasionally the Great Egret will also kill smaller chicks and pullets, so far they just scared mine..

I haven't had serious issues with snakes, bobcats, egrets and mountain lions, but I lost a hen/pullets to almost all the other predators, with the coyotes almost killing my dog, but other people had their coop emptied by them..

 

Last summer/fall was the worst with the drought, our animals were the main food source of the wildlife, and they became innovative..arrgghh...

 

The irony is, that we live in the "city"..


Edited by chickspea - 3/28/16 at 9:49pm
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