Originally Posted by emorems0
So I think it's a weasel we're dealing with at the chicken tractor. I used wire to bind all the gaps between the rows of chicken wire. I lashed the side door for feed acces closed so it didn't gap at all and I strung a tarp up over the main door at night to take care of any gaps there. This morning I came out to a headless chicken jammed into the corner of the tractor. The chicken wire was pulled up a little in the corner for about a three inch opening... So something small got in there, killed a chicken (one of my sister's RIRs), but couldn't fit the chicken through the hole. Sound like a weasel? I put the rest of the birds in plastic crates for the night. It's a big annoyance because I have 3 small children to put to bed too, but I'm not sure how else to keep them safe. This **** thing is persistent!
I did talk to Silkie, she's been really busy building new pens I think she said. But I was wrong about the genders of the EE chicks I got from her... Turns out one has a rose comb which threw me off. Having lost two of my sisters RIRs now, I am planning on getting a pair of pullets from Chiques Chicks when I go back for Halloween. My sister said she wanted a mixed flock and pretty eggs and she is certainly going to get it!
I had only one occurrence of a headless chicken,,,,my understanding is racoon....mostly because I am suburban and there's no weasels in my neck of the woods..(and racoon have been seen in the area). Its a PIA when the local critter get dialed in on your flock as a food source.., some thoughts
1. audio, turn on a radio and let it play
2. random motion lights
3. I started burning a chimera
IMHO there is no single answer....just do different things on different nights, send different messages to the critters to stay away......my two cents....