Am I paranoid?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by wanda047, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. wanda047

    wanda047 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2009
    Hardy, Arkansas
    I'm just wondering how many other chicken owners make numerous nightly walks through their backyards looking for predators? I have made every effort to making both my coops predator proof and feel quite confident that nothing can get in there... however, I find myself every night walking to both pens with flashlight in hand checking out my coops. I do this at least twice between dark and midnight. In the beginning, I even carried my gun! Now I leave that sitting inside by the backdoor.... just in case!

    My teenage son has even started doing flashlight patrol off the back deck every night, shining the light on the ground, in the trees, on the roofs of the coops, searching for those glowing eyes in the dark. Guess I'm making the kids paranoid too!

    I also got another dog this last week, a cute little beagle pup I'm hoping will turn into a heck of a chicken/guard dog [​IMG]

    Do others do this also, or am I just paranoid? [​IMG]
  2. gypsy2621

    gypsy2621 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I do so everynight also.
    even with a broken foot.
  3. Cajunsamoan

    Cajunsamoan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2009
    I'm with ya! I bought a spotlight so I can see farther. My dogs are very quiet so any time they bark I jump up and check everyone. Even if it's 2 am. My husband thinks I'm nuts.
  4. steveo

    steveo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 9, 2007
    Poland, Maine
    Wow you sound paranoid to me lol.
  5. Please see my signature. However, each and everyone of us has their own level and intensity.
  6. Lil Chickie Mama

    Lil Chickie Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 1, 2009
    I think there is probably a good percentage of people that do this from what I've read. I will as our coop is going to be a fair distance from our house.
    What happens when you see a predator though? Are they usually easily scared off. Would a raccoon turn to you? [​IMG] scary...
  7. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 10, 2007
    No, sure don't do that. If I happen to get up during the night I look out to see what's going on. I lock them in their coops at night and hope and pray nothing will get them.
  8. ArizonaNessa

    ArizonaNessa Joyfully Addicted

    Apr 7, 2009
    I do a nightly check as well. I have one friend that even bought a baby monitor for her coop so she can hear any fussing in the night.
  9. wanda047

    wanda047 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2009
    Hardy, Arkansas
    Quote:Any predator in my backyard would be quickly eliminated and especially a coon. Once they know there are free meals available, they will return and often come in packs. I eliminated 3 coons trying to get into my mother-in-laws coop in one night.

    Coons aren't easily scared off. They will often stand their ground and try to scare you off! [​IMG] So far I have not lost a chicken to predators, but I have a big boxer who spends his night running circles around the yard. (I think he's hyper!) Regardless, I still patrol the area each night.
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    I do nightly head counts when I go out to lock them in their coop for the night and unless the dog alerts me to something I don't check again until morning.
    Something I learned when I was a BYC newbie, don't read the predators and pests or the illness forums too much. They'll make you paranoid. [​IMG]

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