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post #1 of 6
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didn't think we would have to worry about predators here

 

but from the map i guess these people are living pretty close to the mountain areas..

 

"using recycled political ads"  was not a good idea..

 

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post #2 of 6

Just curious, what made you think you wouldn't have to worry about predators there?

 

Even if you're on the top of a high rise in NYC, you have predators.

 

I'm in the burbs of a large metropolitan area. We have coyote, fox, mink, weasel, raccoon, opossum, bobcat, hawks, owls,eagles, and likely some undiscovered. There are supposed to be badgers here but I have yet to see one.

There are bear and mountain lion not far away that will eventually make it here.

If I'm not diligent, I would lose birds nightly.

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #3 of 6
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i don't really have to worry about predators here in my area.. especially when you in the middle of the city (downtown) with 6ft brick wall around the houses..

 

you don't see any of the listed predators in areas with a lot of people

 

the owner in the video are in an area that is pretty close to the mountains--

 

 

 

 

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post #4 of 6

If you're in North America and unless you're in high elevation (11,000') or extremely arid desert, you have raccoons.

The more urban your area, the more raccoons per square mile.

Raccoons have been known to climb sheer walls.

The predators I listed all exist in the midst of a 3 million human population area.

 

I'm an organizer of a chicken meetup group with over 800 members in this densely populated area. They have all witnessed the predators that I listed.

 

You never see predators because you aren't out at night when they are afoot.

Bobcats, weasels, foxes and coyotes have been spotted in the middle of the city.

Mink have wiped out 7 flocks of my chickens.

Bears and cougars are just on the outskirts of town.


Edited by ChickenCanoe - 6/17/16 at 8:38pm

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #5 of 6

In Tucson we sure do.  We used to live on the east side surrounded by pavement and asphalt and had: Harris hawks, rattle snakes, javalina, coyotes, gila monsters, and one excessively large owl.

 

Now we're on the city limits and have added every predator in Arizona to the list.

 

The washes in the monsoon prone areas of AZ provide natural pathways for the wildlife to move around the city.  Heh, even the most central part of Tucson has "urban coyotes" if you can fathom that.  

 

Just because the area is built up, doesn't mean that something is eyeing a chicken dinner!

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If you're in North America and unless you're in high elevation (11,000') or extremely arid desert, you have raccoons.

The more urban your area, the more raccoons per square mile.

Raccoons have been known to climb sheer walls.

The predators I listed all exist in the midst of a 3 million human population area.

 

I'm an organizer of a chicken meetup group with over 800 members in this densely populated area. They have all witnessed the predators that I listed.

 

You never see predators because you aren't out at night when they are afoot.

Bobcats, weasels, foxes and coyotes have been spotted in the middle of the city.

Mink have wiped out 7 flocks of my chickens.

Bears and cougars are just on the outskirts of town.

 

 :)  it's like you are living where i am ?

 

if you get the chance.. drive around houses in the downtown area of phoenix (or any city will do)  with 6ft brick wall

 

the only predators i have to worry about are my own dog and the neighbor cats..   but they are not he problem either

 

 

one size doesn't fit all

 

hardware cloth was unnecessary in my area.. but i didn't realize it until i already built my coop

 

i don't use deep litter method here or design the coop with built in nesting box like all those coops

 

when it's 110-120 outside the chickens will be baking inside

 

my nesting boxes are removable and i put put them in the run instead of the coop

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