Predators & Pests

Chickens are prey to many predators and can also be the hosts to some pests and parasites. Learn how to manage against some of the most common chicken pests and predators.

Lice & mites can be a big problem. Learn more about this enemy and how to keep them off your chickens.
Mites and lice: Protecting and treating your flock.
Raccoons (Procyon Lotor) a.k.a. Coons are one of the best known and easily recognised non-domesticated chicken predators.
The fisher cat (Martes pennanti), also known as the "pekan cat", or "black cat", is a large, dark coloured, furry member of the weasel family.
The red fox is a quick, skilful hunter and known chicken predator
Skunks (also known as polecats in the USA) are medium size mammals, probably best known for their ability to spray a liquid with a strong, unpleasant odour.
Three species of weasels can be found in North America and Canada.
Once a snakes gains access to your coop, eggs, and small chicks are those that are most often eaten by snakes...
"Hawks" is the general term used to describe the 270 species of birds of prey that comprises the order Falconiformes.
Minks belong to the Mustela family, which also includes stoats and weasels.
The possum is North America's only marsupial mammal.
Coyotes (Canis latrans) are a species of canine found throughout North and Central America, Mexico, Panama and Canada.
Poultry fleas, also known as stick tight fleas due to their ability to attach themselves to a host and not let go, can be a danger to your flock as well as your domestic pets.
Chronic tick infestation can lead to severe anemia resulting in reduced egg production, loss of body weight and depression.
Owls employ similar hunting skills as hawks. Perched on a vantage point, such as a tree branch, they keep an eye out for possible prey and when the opportunity to hunt presents itself, they will...
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