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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% (194)
    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
4314 Total Votes  
post #21 of 1168

I have lost more to snakes than all other predators combined.  They manage to get into my brooders and eat my chicks
somad

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Tricia and Jason

Specializing in show quality Turkens, Showgirls, Buff Orpingtons, Modern Game Bantams. Welsummers. OEG's and Salmon Faverolle.

Family: Leader of the Alachua 4H Poultry Club, County Poultry Liaison, Alachua County Fair Board member, Vice-President Alachua County 4H Club, Par-pro FFA, FFA Show Team, 4H Alachua County Junior and Senior Poultry Judging Team.  

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post #22 of 1168

I chose hawks because no matter what I have done to deter them, I've still lost 3 to hawks.  My electric fence seems to have done the trick to deter the coons.  We would see them but I had not lost any to coon.  My chicken area to too big to cover.

Me,DH, 2 DS,  dogs,   2 frogs, 17 hens, 1 roo, 23 ducks, 2 geese, (1 Sebastopol, 1 toulouse), 1 Flem Giant Rabbit, 1 Neth. Dwarf rabbit, 4 finch.
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Me,DH, 2 DS,  dogs,   2 frogs, 17 hens, 1 roo, 23 ducks, 2 geese, (1 Sebastopol, 1 toulouse), 1 Flem Giant Rabbit, 1 Neth. Dwarf rabbit, 4 finch.
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post #23 of 1168

You forgot Bobcat

post #24 of 1168

loose dog - lost 6 in 20 minutes...could understand something wild needing a meal...

we've fenced the outside of the coop with 2 strands of hot wire and it's SUPER HOT. our dog won't even get close to the coop anymore. hope it works

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post #25 of 1168

I've lost 5. All to dogs.

post #26 of 1168

My vote went to-dogs
They can wipe you out in a matter of minutes and can dig under,go over or chew threw fence.

post #27 of 1168

This little kitty cat liked chickens

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post #28 of 1168

Raccoons..... somad
and that's how I voted.

However, I think the worst predator is the 2-legged human variety, because they know that they are stealing.

Still, when I build coops/runs I have raccoons in mind when I'm designing.


Edited by Tala - 10/28/09 at 7:19pm
One thing is for sure. The price of a dead hen is a dead pred.
Trapping the trap-savvy raccoon
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One thing is for sure. The price of a dead hen is a dead pred.
Trapping the trap-savvy raccoon
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post #29 of 1168

I was curious about snakes and was going to post on that topic when I saw this. Thanks Opa! It's interesting to know what others have experienced.

I've had a couple hawks that were hanging around but I think they have given up and moved on. Good thing cuz my aim was improving! Please know I wasn't shooting to kill! Just to give em a good scare!wink

I've heard from others in our area that racoons are the worst but snakes will go after the eggs!

post #30 of 1168

Coyotes were in decline here in SE Nebraska from mange the past few years. They seem to be making a comeback recently. I saw 2 last week and our dogs killed 1 during the same week.

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