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.

The presence of lice in chickens can significantly diminish overall poultry health, and are known to result in unproductive hens.
The possum is North America's only marsupial mammal.
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.
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.
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Internal Parasites - Worms
Worms, what are they, where do they come from and what to do about them.
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...
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...
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.
Three species of weasels can be found in North America and Canada.
This article helps in identifying a mite infestation and provides general instructions for how to dust for mites.
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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