Originally Posted by 16 paws
Your lucky microchick to have the dogs guard your chickens.
We have been having a bobcat come to visit here and has been taking a couple chickens here and there. I have 6 Yorkies and would not dare to let them out there to guard anything!
The chickens have been in lockdown now for a few days and they are not happy. They still have a lot of space that is fenced in and above but they miss free-ranging in the afternoon. That bobcat is very bold, comes in broad daylight. I am thinking of getting a nursery camera to check on them as well.Last time I caught the bobbie here I had just glanced down at the coop from my deck when I saw this bobbie look up at me with my roo in his mouth! The roo made it but he had killed a hen right before that. Very bold and very fast....
Marie, that is horrible news. I don't know how things are where you live but around us, if wildlife is threatening you or your livestock, you can take it out. We have Bobcats, luckily, none have been seen on our acreage but they are around. We also have cougars. One was killed about 5 years ago 1 1/2-2 miles away from us and we have heard 'talk' that another was seen even closer. So far we have found no big cat sign on our property. The cougars are protected in MO but the Amish hunters who shot the one 5 years ago reported that the cat never ran from them, held it's ground and snarled at them. They do a predator hunt every January around us just to clear out the coyotes and other predators before spring lambing/calving season happens. The game commissioner said it was a legal kill. They used to say that there were no cougar in MO that the ones that were being seen and killed were bachelor males coming down from Nebraska and the Dakotas looking for new territory until recently. There have been enough seen with kits following them that they have revised their stand on the subject. Now they say that black bear are working their way up state from the Ozarks. Great.
Our biggest problem is airborne predators. My husband gets out his biggest RC planes two or three times a week to scare off the eagles and hawks that have been circling our barn and coop all winter. There are a couple of hawks that like to sit in a nearby oak tree and watch the coop. We have it netted over with bird netting so the worse one could do is get itself tangled up in the nasty stuff. I love birds of prey but not around my chickens. I asked DH what we would do if one got tangled in our netting and he said call the game warden and tell them to come and take care of their problem bird.
Could you set up a game camera, get some pics of the fox then call your own game warden with the proof and ask him to take care of the problem for you?
Broody Report. Our girl hasn't budged for two days from her nest and is now wearing a look of complete contentment on her little feathered face. I'm not hearing any peeps or seen any fuzzy heads peek out but something has definitely changed with her. Tonight when I locked up I checked her compound for signs of broody poo. None. No change in water or feed. still locked down. Instead of avoiding any eye contact with anyone, she set looking out of the nest box softly clucking. I asked her if she had a secret she wanted to share and she just kept softly clucking at me. Her whole demeanor has changed in 36 hours so I'm hoping this is a good sign.
Being a nurse for 40 years has made me an observer. Unfortunately everything I want to observe is hidden under a locked down hen at the moment and driving me out of what little sanity I have left!