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.
Lice & mites can be a big problem. Learn more about this enemy and how to keep them off your chickens.
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...
Mountain lions are the second largest native North American cat (the jaguar is slightly larger). They are known by a number of different names - cougar, panther, painter, catamount and puma.
Ask any farm or poultry breeder and he will tell you, without hesitation, that dogs and chickens don’t naturally mix.
The red fox is a quick, skilful hunter and known chicken predator
Coyotes (Canis latrans) are a species of canine found throughout North and Central America, Mexico, Panama and Canada.
The possum is North America's only marsupial mammal.
Three species of weasels can be found in North America and Canada.
Minks belong to the Mustela family, which also includes stoats and weasels.
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...
Rats like to live alongside humans, and take every opportunity to prey on their food and livestock.
Bears are omnivores in the Ursidae family. They are found mostly in North America, Europe and northern and central Asia.
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.
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