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.

Chronic tick infestation can lead to severe anemia resulting in reduced egg production, loss of body weight and depression.
Are you wondering how to introduce chickens to dogs? If so, you will need to read here.
Weasel Least weasel (Mustela nivalis) Photo credit - Kevin Law General Information and Description Three species of weasels can be found in North America and Canada. The long tailed weasel...
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...
Internal Parasites - Worms Worms, what are they, where do they come from and what to do about them.
Raccoons (Procyon Lotor) a.k.a. Coons are one of the best known and easily recognised non-domesticated chicken predators.
This article helps in identifying a mite infestation and provides general instructions for how to dust for mites.
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.
Some tips on how to keep starlings from becoming annoying pests.
Lice & mites can be a big problem. Learn more about this enemy and how to keep them off your chickens.
Once a snakes gains access to your coop, eggs, and small chicks are those that are most often eaten by snakes...
Bears are omnivores in the Ursidae family. They are found mostly in North America, Europe and northern and central Asia.
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...
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.
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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