Originally Posted by koopmaster
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