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Poll Results: The worst predator?

 
  • 24% (1077)
    Raccoon
  • 2% (114)
    Opossum
  • 3% (158)
    Weasel
  • 2% (89)
    Mink
  • 0% (25)
    Mountain Lion
  • 1% (60)
    Bear
  • 4% (195)
    Coyote
  • 8% (367)
    Fox
  • 0% (20)
    Eagle
  • 12% (525)
    Hawk
  • 1% (49)
    Owl
  • 18% (813)
    Dog
  • 1% (70)
    Snake
  • 5% (229)
    Man
  • 1% (66)
    Bobcat
  • 1% (51)
    Skunk
  • 1% (54)
    Rats
  • 2% (87)
    Cats
4315 Total Votes  
post #11 of 1168

All my losses have been from raccoons. Except one mystery disappearance during the day.

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UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. - The Lorax
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post #12 of 1168

neighbors dogs, neighbors, dogs!

post #13 of 1168

Lost 2 ducks to a hawk a few weeks back.

7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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post #14 of 1168

Coyotes & hawks tied for 1st.  Got my babies a 6' fence now.   Working on hawks.

Chillin' w/my peeps
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Chillin' w/my peeps
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post #15 of 1168

Mine losses are to hawks - so far knock on wood - no others aroud .

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
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They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Franklin's Contributions to the Conference on February 17 (III) Fri, Feb 17, 1775
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post #16 of 1168

I put down dogs because the deaths from dogs could 99.9% of the time be prevented by the dog owner controlling their animal.  the rest of the preds on your list are mostly hungry wild animals that are only doing what nature tells them to do.

post #17 of 1168

Cat was not on the list. I lost a ton of birds, chickens and ducks (full grown) to feral cats. hmm

I got out of poultry for good. I have no birds. Just lurking. I'm a photographer and a jeweler now.
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I got out of poultry for good. I have no birds. Just lurking. I'm a photographer and a jeweler now.
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post #18 of 1168

Raccoons seem to be the most brutal in how they kill. They have a good enough grip to reach through wire and grab chickens and start eating without actually killing the chickens first.
old  old
I'm thinking this is a good reason to not use wire-bottom cages without a floored area and/or plenty of perches that are high enough but still easy-for-chicks/chickens to reach for a safety retreat during an attack (Even with small wire mesh, the raccoons could likely munch toes). Also to not use narrow cages, at least without a good, solid hutch/house area, and maybe not even then unless mesh is small (1/2" x 1/2" hardware wire).
Sorry to be graphic, but gotta be careful and protect our guys! hide


Edited by SpeckledHills - 10/29/09 at 12:16pm
Chickens are a joy.
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Chickens are a joy.
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post #19 of 1168

I picked man for a different reason. I chose it because with man it is a choice, everything else is prey driven.

But, which predator ticks me off the most...

dog
coon
skunk
fox
coyote

would be my top 5.

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post #20 of 1168

Skunks, coons, and cats - lost chickens and ducks

57 Call Ducks, 15 Indian Runners, 1 pair of guineas, 1 Pot-Bellied Pig, 19 Geese (African, Brown Chinas and Buff Pomeranians), 21 bantam (buff and columbian) wyandottes, 43 various laying hens and 2 Red Eared Sliders
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath!
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57 Call Ducks, 15 Indian Runners, 1 pair of guineas, 1 Pot-Bellied Pig, 19 Geese (African, Brown Chinas and Buff Pomeranians), 21 bantam (buff and columbian) wyandottes, 43 various laying hens and 2 Red Eared Sliders
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath!
http://www.kawonufarm.com/
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