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Now.... There is one other thing we do:

Since these animals are coming out of woods to use my water source, I place eggs as a type of agreement. I have a very large Racoon pair living in large Oak 100 ft from pond. I dedicate all broken shells, early ovulation eggs to them. I just place a pile right below tree. Neen doing that 3 yrs and they have decided that if I feed they stay put. I also place 3-4 eggs a week on OTHER side of our fence in swamp guys land next door for possoms, armadillos and crows.

If coyote can be heard in distance, we have a blue tooth wireless speaker that I have wolf calls for. We play repeatedly until cyote or fox gone. Crows get a .22 tatoo lol
I want red light for pond visitors I don't have an agreement with lol.
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post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by wchalmers View Post

I am new to raising chickens. My step daughter and I raisedSunday.  The Rhode Island Reds were beautiful and sweet as  could be.  We had moved them to their coop outside several weeks ago, and they were doing great.  The coop was latched and enclosed.  It was a coop purchased with a runner added.   The chickens went up each night to roost in the "second floor".  This morning when I got up and looked across the yard, they were not down running around as usual, and I noticed the door to the nesting area was unlatched and flopped open. I just knew this wasn't good. When I walked up to check...all four were dead.  Two were missing their heads, one was completely torn apart and eaten.  I had to break the news to my step daughter who was really upset.  We are now "starting over"...but want to make sure we have a better plan in place to protect them.  What would have opened the latch to the door?  I am thinking maybe a raccoon, I know they are pretty cleaver.  I am so upset about it and want to take the right steps to keep away the predators. I know that we have skunks around...which means we likely have other animals. 

We did put out a trap and will try to get the thing tonight. However, I want to make sure we secure the coop better...any tips for security would be greatly appreciated!
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Latches that require a lock are a good start...

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