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Anti-predator protection?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by brownysfp, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. brownysfp

    brownysfp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi
    One of our neighbours says we should pee round the coop to deter predators. I'm not convinced, as an Englishman in rural France I suspect a p*ss-take. But, having lost six hens and four guinea fowl to something vicious in the woods, I'm all for upping the ante.
    Anyone know if it works or not?
    Tim, Correze, France
     
  2. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    I don't know if it works or not but most of our pens are set back in the woods and every so often I take our dogs out around the fence line to keep their scent fresh and I do my part to mark. lol

    Steve
     
  3. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are not close to town out in the sticks it may work for a couple of days but then the fox get used to it and ignore it. if they are coming to a chicken coop they are ignoring human scent already the better the exclusion the less trapping that needs to be done. I catch fox every day , every other day and relieve myself on my trapline and still catch them. I do not worry that they will come to my traps hunger is a strong motivator.
     
  4. WallTenters

    WallTenters Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of those red flashing pest deterrant lights might help [​IMG] Love your original post though... those French think pissing is the answer to everything, silly folk! lol
     
  5. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    I would get a couple BIG LGD....like a Pyrenees. [​IMG]
     
  6. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:Aprophets observation is accurate. My marking works against predators that I can threaten with a good chase across pasture (like with racoons) or when scent is a new (as with foxes and coyotes). Predator must associate scent with potential harm. My dog lays a much better repelling scent because the predators know he is leaving it and my dog can back the scent up effectively with aggression if need be. Racoons not given a chase with actually approach scent marks if associated with food left behind, like a parks where picnics take place. Your predators have some smarts, try to use those smarts to your favor.
     
  7. Moabite

    Moabite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2010
    Utah
    There is another logic to peeing around your coop. Start with coffee in the morning, then tea in the after noon, then beer in the evening. Every time you got to go, which will be often, go out to your coop. The predators will know you are there often either by seeing you or by your fresh scent and will look for a safer meal. You could also get a radio for your coop.
     
  8. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Anyone know if it works or not?

    It may scare them if they come along in the first few minutes, but all types of urine quickly breaks down into ammonia, and may even attract some animals​
     
  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:Radios for me work only short term unless chickens kept in close proximity to horses. Adds an extra worry for predator?
     
  10. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    You could also get a radio for your coop.

    Don't play Rap music.

    Your chickens may start Break Dancing, and will lay scrambled eggs​
     

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