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Hi. I am having a problem with a pesky bobcat. I had a great pyr for 1 year and she has been excellent in preventing chicken deaths (before the pyr I lost my entire flock in 1 month). However, I think the bobcats are getting desperate because of the winter and taking risks and now my numbers are dwindling quickly again. When the chickens sound off in alarm my pyr comes quickly over but I'm afraid it's too late then. I was wondering if getting another LGD would help or if it would just do the same thing and hang with my pyr and come when it's too late...a fence is impracticle because i live in the woods. Any other ideas?
post #2 of 14

Electric fence. At least a few lines of electric polywire. All the cat or any predator has to do is touch it once. They wont come back.

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Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

 

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post #3 of 14
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Thanks but my yard gets flooded and the back is swamp so i cant run power. What do you think of barbed wire instead?
post #4 of 14

Barbed wire won't stop a bobcat. If electricity is not an option. what about an enclosed run? If it were covered as well the bobcat would not be able to get in at all. 

 

In my experience which is limited, a LGD like a great Pyrenees is an animal that works at night. They spend most of the day sleeping and loafing around and then when it gets dark they really get down to business and keep out coyotes and so on all night long. At night, your chickens are in the coop hopefully, safe from most danger. Maybe a type of dog that is more active in the daytime? Then you'd be covered both day and night. But again it might be tricky because like you say, the one dog might copy and hang out with the other. But there are loads of people much more experienced with dogs and I'm sure they will chime in and correct me.   

post #5 of 14
You can make hot-wire work in your setting at cost of periodically loosing perimeter when water comes up. Electrified poultry netting could work as indicated above, although will be pricey. Not enough information to give positive ID on predator. Fox would be able to beat a single LGD. Two LGD's is the standard approach but total free-range in a woodland setting (tree part of swamp) will promote too much ranging for even two dogs to cover. I have free-ranged chickens in the middle of woodland settings and they quickly range much greater distances than I can cover and they tend look for edges between the woodland and herbaceous areas were eats and cover better.

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

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Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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post #6 of 14
Deer rifle works best.
post #7 of 14

X2 on the rifle.....maybe a shotgun or 45 auto.

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Birds will be birds!

 

Chinese Ring Necks, Golden Pheasants, N-Bob White, pot luck Coturnix

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post #8 of 14
Bobcats hard to shoot if you have a job away from home. Especially if dog keeps it away from core of where you live. I would use a chicken as bait and trap cat.

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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post #9 of 14

What he said

 

 

I am new to the site but been lurking for a long time. I have been predator hunter for years and trapping is probably the single most effective way to get a Bobcat. Very low rate of success using  live box trap.  There are a few places to get good info from people who really understand this, http://www.trapperpredatorcaller.com/article-index or http://www.predatormastersforums.com/. Not advertising for them just offering  place to get solid info.

post #10 of 14
I had some predator issues when I first moved to my place. My property backs a high fence game ranch. Very abundant with nature here. My property was waste high, had to shred as we moved in to get to house. Live country living, however was I ever in for nature's lessons. I had dealt with four legged stalkers and flYing sorts. Seems a radio which my hens do like certain songs more than others... lol.. and motion sensor lights have been my best guards. I did spread soiled kitty litter at back of property as well.
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