predators

  1. L

    Chicken run improvement suggestions anyone?

    We recently bought a house and a 6 bay shop. Attached to the end of the shop is four “stalls”. Along the backside of the shop is a fenced in area (fenced is a strong word lol). The stall closest to the run was converted into a chicken coop with a raisable door. We have our chickens in there now...
  2. A

    one of my chickens got killed :( how to i make the run more predator proof?

    so basically I got my chickens about a week and a half ago and we never had problems with them getting attacked, but..... today my cousin's dog (their our neighbors) visited us and at first, it was pleasant and we petted him and everything was fine, but then he went sniffing around the fence of...
  3. E

    Ducks in a Garden

    Hey there! I am building a garden, complete with tall fence and a small pond and I will be adding a trio of runner ducks to it in order to help keep bugs down. I have seven other runners in a different section of my yard, but they have a donkey and goats walking around to ward off birds looking...
  4. E

    Should I cover the run?

    Hey all, Just building our first coop! It's 4'x6' and will house 4 hens. I'm currently designing the outdoor run area that will be 12'x6' and 4' tall. I'm just trying to decide on whether or not to cover it. The sides will have 1/2 wire Hardware cloth. We live in a rural setting on the coast...
  5. C

    Flock wiped out last night (description is a little graphic, but no photos)

    After an unfortunate miscommunication between my husband and I last night, the door to our chicken run was never closed. Please no judgment. We're heartbroken. When I went outside this morning, I found two carcasses about 10 feet from the coop. One was a hen, sitting upright (sorry, but as...
  6. cvlcite

    South Florida Predators?

    Hey y’all I live in urban south Florida and I have 2 hens! I wanted to know if anyone knows about what possible predators there could be around here. When I say urban I mean like city I’m nowhere near any wildlife areas so I know I don’t have to worry about bears or anything. I’m concerned about...
  7. JuniorTheHen

    Follow these steps to insure your hen's safety!

    Being a chicken keeper, things can get difficult when predators are around. Recently, there has been a fox problem and is an ongoing worry for any owner of chickens. There are several ways to protect your chickens, but here are the most effective ways to ensure your safety over predators e.g...
  8. F

    Chicken run roof or no roof

    Hello everyone! My question centers around coop runs and their need for a cover or roof to ensure a full enclosure and safety from predators. I currently have an indoor coop with an outdoor run both with roofs. It is fully enclosed and predator proof. I am considering an additional run to offer...
  9. pslane

    Kinds of predators

    I'm not new but I had to re-register because my email changed and I couldn't get into my account. Anyway, I have a few Serama bantams and last night something got in and killed and partially ate my 2 sweet Serama girls. I only have 2 hens and 4 roosters left. This was terrible for me because...
  10. BeccaV

    Pile of Feathers

    I noticed this morning I was missing a Pekin. I went looking in the woods and all I found was a pile of white feathers. No blood, no bones. There was a pile of scat next to it that I'm trying to ID. It appears to have persimmon seeds in it. What animal would leave only a pile of feathers? :(
  11. LunaMarieWolf

    I am soooooo close to giving up.. Graphic story warning

    I have been having multiple problems with chicks/eggs/baby rabbits being killed and eaten straight from the cages and coop! I just recently got 10 chicks from My Pet Chicken. And put them outside in a unused rabbit cage. This rabbit cage has wiring around it that is 1/2 inch by 1 inch. Plus all...
  12. flygirl1973

    Feathers, disappearing chickens..

    We have an automatic door for the coop. I only had 7 to begin with as were just starting out. They are 18 weeks old today. I had my original 3 cockerels and 4 hens. We were letting nature do it’s thing and let the head honcho choose his victims instead of picking them off ourselves...
  13. R

    Backyard coyotes

    We lost two of our sweet pullets yesterday to neighborhood coyotes. We believe a coyote jumped our back chain link fence (the rest of the perimeter is a 6 ft tall wooden fence). I didn't think a coyote could jump a fence, but the feathers on the grass / coyote peeking in proved me wrong! We...
  14. SniperGoose

    What killed my duck?

    As part of my flock, I had 2 male Pekin ducks. They were kept in a separate fenced in area (within the main fence) as they would try and mate with my chickens a lot. My chickens and geese are in coops at night, and we were working on getting a coop for the ducks as well. I've not had any real...
  15. slejdad

    Likely Culprit?

    I am aware that there is no way to know but I am curious if I can reach a likely consensus. Here is the scenario. Our friends recently moved to a city that would not allow them to keep chickens and they gifted us with their coop and a 13-hen flock. We knew it was going to be a week or better...
  16. trumpeting_angel

    Adequate apron?

    Hi! Our new run has an apron of HW cloth extended from the sides, laid on shallowly excavated ground about 12”. On top, but extending past the edge of the HW cloth, are 7” x 10” pavers. On top of all that, soil (a few inches at most) and somewhat haphazard sod. All that worries me is the...
  17. GottaHaveBirds

    Squirrel killed chicks

    I'm posting my story here as a warning to others who may not consider squirrels as predators. I had 20 two-week-old chicks in the coop separated from the older layers in what was supposed to be a secure area. A red squirrel managed to squeeze through a very small space above the door, killed...
  18. buffy-the-eggpile-layer

    Securing Chicken Feed From Black Bears

    Hi all, a few days ago we introduced our inaugural round of chicks to their new coop... AND shortly thereafter spotted a mother black bear and her cubs nearby our property (of course we'd never seen any before until now!). We've read that the chicken feed is what would likely draw them towards...
  19. D

    Disappearing Chickens - In Love with Wild Turkey?

    Hello! Long time listener, first time caller. I have (had?) 15 pullets that are exactly 5 months old today. In fact, we got our first egg today! They like to live dangerously, and have been free ranging for the last two months with no major issues. Yesterday, one of the barred rocks vanished...
  20. C

    Can guineas help keep predators down

    I have 5 male guinea, 1 rooster, and 9 chickens and 7 female guineas, the girls all get along, after I gave the boys their own space. I bought them all together and this July they will all be a year old! Party! Does the sound of the guineas help keep predators down, I don't mean owls, I mean the...
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