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.

Bears are omnivores in the Ursidae family. They are found mostly in North America, Europe and northern and central Asia.
The red fox is a quick, skilful hunter and known chicken predator
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.
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.
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.
Raccoons (Procyon Lotor) a.k.a. Coons are one of the best known and easily recognised non-domesticated chicken predators.
Once a snakes gains access to your coop, eggs, and small chicks are those that are most often eaten by snakes...
Mites and lice: Protecting and treating your flock.
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...
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...
This article helps in identifying a mite infestation and provides general instructions for how to dust for mites.
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.
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