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A Bear?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jmo, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. jmo

    jmo Hatching

    Aug 24, 2009
    Help! went down to the chicken coop this am and the pen was destroyed, Posts were pulled out of the ground and the wire was a tangled mess. What ever attacked managed to get one hen out of the coop. (perhaps through the little chicken door on the side) what ever it was actual moved the coop which is resting on wood pallets. what would be big and strong enough to do this and what do i do? the chickens are currently confined to the coop because their pen is ruined.

  2. natalie1136

    natalie1136 Songster

    Jan 5, 2009
    Dennison Illinois
    Oh Man!! That's scary. I can't wait to see what others respond. Could it have been people just being cruel? Probably not. Your first guess is probably right.
  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Songster

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    Sounds like a bear to me.... A BIG bear!
  4. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    Yep, that'd be a bear.

    Any sign? smell? track? marks on posts from nails/teeth?

    You want to make sure that all of your feed for any and all of your animals is put away.

  5. jmo

    jmo Hatching

    Aug 24, 2009
    cant see any tracks or nail marks. we have had issues with preditors in the past. But never damage. I thought racoon before but this animal had to have been pretty strong. what do i do?
  6. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    Wow .. scary .. are you located in bear country? What other predators are common in your area..

    I'm thinking bear.
  7. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Songster

    Rebuild, then finish off with a big, bad electric fence............
    hang some bacon on the hot wire, so when he/she touches the bacon, a huge shock will ensue!!!
    He/she should not be back after that!
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2009

  8. jmo

    jmo Hatching

    Aug 24, 2009
    i live in southern Nh. Weve never seen a bear in this area but iam sure there are some. someone in town recently saw one. i did find one track on the door of the pen that looks to small to be a bear but maybe a coon visited the site after. Could a racoon cause that much damage? The wire which is pretty heavy gauge was ripped apart in places. I'd really hate to have to get rid of my chickens but i dont want bear hanging around my yard either.
  9. rhodiegal

    rhodiegal Songster

    Feb 18, 2007
    North Georgia
    I agree - bear. I knew someone who had a bear rip the side of a shed out to get the chicken feed, but it did not touch the chickens. Get a Great Pyrenees.
  10. TheBirdhouse

    TheBirdhouse In the Brooder

    Jun 15, 2009
    Definaltely a bear, a coon or any other animal would not do that, only a bear would have the strength to do something like that and he will most likely come back. I live in bear country and currenly have one that lives behind me in the bush with cubs i see evidense of her everyday.

    Get coyote urine and put it around the perimeter of your yard, this is what i do and it keeps her away.

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