Originally Posted by DancingWthDucks
If you 'dispose' of a predator, then anouther will just fill in that space. So in the long term, you are never going to solve the issue.....
Not necessarily. Four years ago we had a mother raccoon come into my coop in the middle of the day and kill my mama hen. Raccoon and babies were eliminated, our free range practices weren't changed, yey we have not had another incident like that. Do we still have raccoons? Oh yeah, they're everywhere. We just haven't had any more happen upon the flock since then. Yet. It could and probably will happen again. The same with the mink that got into my coop this winter. That one won't be coming back, and none have come to take its place.
What I'm trying to say is, in my experience anyway, despite the fact that potential predators are all around us, they aren't always eating my chickens. They have plenty of other things to eat, and our nuisance ones are those who have happened upon an easy meal. They are eliminated and we don't have problems until something else comes along months or years later. Just to be clear, though, that doesn't mean we don't lock up our chickens up at night, nor does it mean they are not in a secure coop when there is a threat. It's just that we don't have predators lurking about just waiting for that void to fill once there's an opening.