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.

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.
Bears are omnivores in the Ursidae family. They are found mostly in North America, Europe and northern and central Asia.
Bobcats are known to hunt any time of the day, but are commonly observed to do so during twilight hours of dawn and dusk or early evenings.
Cats are valued and sometimes kept exclusively for their hunting skills, especially on farms where they are used to keep rodent populations under control. But for a chicken keeper their hunting...
Coyotes (Canis latrans) are a species of canine found throughout North and Central America, Mexico, Panama and Canada.
Crows are scavenger birds of the genus Corvus in in the Cirvidea family, which also includes magpies, ravens and about 120 other bird species.
Have your chickens been killed by the neighbor's dog?
Has your dog gotten out and killed all the neighbor's chickens?
See how to handle the situations here.
Ask any farm or poultry breeder and he will tell you, without hesitation, that dogs and chickens don’t naturally mix.
More than 50% of an eagle’s diet comes from fish and carrion and they don’t usually hover around backyards to hunt domestic chickens. However, eagles are opportunistic feeders and they will take...
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.
My Solar fencing for my free-range chicken area is about 6 weeks old now and I am extremely happy with how it turned out.The fence is almost exactly 200 metres in perimeter, This gives my hens and...
I have seen many people talking about hawk problems. I recommend baler twine strung over the top of the run, but I never get any replies. I assume that people think, "Ha! The hawks can just dive...
Internal Parasites - Worms
Worms, what are they, where do they come from and what to do about them.
Are you wondering how to introduce chickens to dogs?
If so, you will need to read here.
The presence of lice in chickens can significantly diminish overall poultry health, and are known to result in unproductive hens.
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