Are raccoons afraid of

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Wise Woman, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. Wise Woman

    Wise Woman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    The Enchanted Forest
    goats? I have been reading so many posts about raccoons, snakes and other predators getting chickens and have been wondering about this. I keep my chickens in the same pen with my goats. They each have their own houses, but share a big outdoor pen. We have been doing this for 10 years now and have never lost a chicken to a raccoon or a coyote or a rattle snake, even though there are plenty of them around. We do not have a covered run for our chickens at this time either, although we are working on building one before winter arrives. We have only had 2 losses in 10 years and both of those were dogs.

    My daughter and I have been wondering why we aren't bothered even though we don't have a very secure set up and the only thing we can figure is that perhaps they are afraid of the goats. The goats refuse to sleep in their house during the nice weather and stay in the pen all night. Most of the chickens go into the coop at night, but a few like to sleep in the goat's house. They roost on top of a metal feeder that we don't use. I know we have been very lucky and are working hard to make a new run and coop and make it much more secure that it currently is for both the chickens and the goats, but in the meantime they aren't being bothered.

    The only other reason I can think of is because our pen is located on the front left corner of our property so there are roads on two sides and driveways on the other two sides. It is also very close to our house since we live on 1/5 of an acre property. However, this is a very small town and there is rarely any traffic at night, perhaps that isn't a factor at all. Anyway, we are working as fast as we can to get something better constructed and come winter, they will be safe and snug in a new coop, new goats house and the chickens will have a covered run with access to the big pen as well. But I wish I knew what was keeping the predators away so we could pass the info along to others.
  2. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2010
    north of eternity
    I don't know if coons are afraid of goats (I'd think not unless the goat was being protective) but a few months ago the news carried a story about a coon that attacked a goat and the goat had to be put down because the coon was confirmed rabid.

    It's good that your animals have been safe so far. Coyotes and dogs find goats easy prey and so it's hard for them to pass them up. In the past I've had coyotes come right up to the house and close to me to try to get into the goats...being close to a house or activity doesn't seem to bother them a bit. Maybe the coons and coyotes are finding plenty of easy prey elsewhere.
  3. MEchickenfarmer33

    MEchickenfarmer33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2011
    i dont think that a coon would be naturally afraid of a goat but if they got to close a goat could certainly inflict some serious injuries to the coon.
  4. jakell2010

    jakell2010 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 23, 2011
    Coons are afraid of anything bigger than they are,,,a rabid coon is not going to be stopped by anything but lead,,,an ecosystem is going to naturally support so many snakes, so many coon, so many ( substitute what you want ),,, the problem occurs when you add additional nonnative food that causes more breeding and throws off the natural balance,,,,,I own a licensed pest controL company in NY, and get calls all the time from people whom have thrown off the natural balance by inadvertently feeding animals. Feed your chickens and not the local wild life. A large haveahart will confirm a unwanted guest, what you do with it after that is between you and your god

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