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.

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...
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...
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...
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Chronic tick infestation can lead to severe anemia resulting in reduced egg production, loss of body weight and depression.
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...
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.
Mites and lice: Protecting and treating your flock.
"Hawks" is the general term used to describe the 270 species of birds of prey that comprises the order Falconiformes.
Once a snakes gains access to your coop, eggs, and small chicks are those that are most often eaten by snakes...
Mice are not necessarily armed with the killer instincts. But, given the opportunity these rodents can wreak havoc on a poultry farm especially when they target the small, vulnerable chicks.
Crows are scavenger birds of the genus Corvus in in the Cirvidea family, which also includes magpies, ravens and about 120 other bird species.
Raccoons (Procyon Lotor) a.k.a. Coons are one of the best known and easily recognised non-domesticated chicken predators.

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