We have caught 1 coon & two skunks in the live traps. Definitely been nasty losses for the first time in many many years of raising poultry. Its like the flood gate was opened & all those years in the past were corrected in this one month of June!
I lost my young pullet bantams (26), then their replacements (16), then my 3 silky hens, then my disabled pet drake duck, then my 2 breeding duck pairs, then my young ducklings I ordered from Ideal; then 6 heavy breed hens over several nights; and then 5 of my pigeons!
Each night it was a different format and different coop broken into and slaughters taking place. But it seems we may be making headway. Three nights we have been without any successful assaults on coops. No signs of digging (mind you I cut down the 4 ft tall stinging nettle in my neighbor's yard and laid it around the coop!). This was additional to the brick foundation that is there & the solid wood walls that now have been put up to replace ventilation screening.
My entire flock of butchering drakes are being fostered at a friends coop while I deal with the predator attacks. So I still have to bring them back at some point.
My three surviving pigeons are now housed temporarily inside my house, in traveling kennels. It was the only solution I had that allowed me to immediately remove them from the coop, once the coons broke into the coop by tearing out the ventilation screen.
Ironically, the Pigeon Rescue group I got my king pigeons from now wants the survivors back! They claim they are "worried for their safety". I guess California doesn't have coons. My son wrote them asking them to cite where in the adoption contract he gives them to right to demand the birds back (that I paid a hefty amount to adopt). They relented stating there was no such clause. But I would never adopt from them again, nor recommend it to anyone else. They seem to think they get to run one's life once you adopt one of their rescued pigeons. In the future I will just purchase pigeons from breeders closer to home.