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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mrsgibber, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read an article where someone with chickens uses a radio to keep the predators away. They keep in on 24/7 and tune it to different stations now and again.

    Has anyone here tried this? I wonder how much the noise would bother the chickens when they are trying to sleep at night.
     
  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    I haven't tried this but have thought of it as I'm new to chickens. I'm also as gross as this sounds thinking of using urine. I remember in the movie CRY WOLF a documentary type film where the guy drank a whole pot of tea and them ran around the perimeter of his camp peeing on everything to signal to the wolves to stay away.
     
  3. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    a lot of people play music to calm chickens... Heavy metal may not work. But i know we used to use Country, and old rock stations
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Not as gross or bizarre as it may seem. I take my irish wolfhound around the areas my chickens free range and my SO ut hum "contributes" when the mood strikes him. [​IMG]
     
  5. fowltemptress

    fowltemptress Frugal Fan Club President

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    My aunt uses a radio just as company for her horses. Coyotes still come right up to her stables and barn, so I would question the effectiveness of it. Still, there's no harm in trying, unless you're like me and can't stand constant noise coming out of radios and televisions. [​IMG]

    There used to be a guy living next to my aunt who set up speakers that would play the sound of a gunshot every 20 minutes or so. It was LOUD, just as loud as an actual gun, and drove my aunt nuts, and me too when I was over there, even though I found it less annoying than the radio (at least the gunshots wouldn't play constantly). He moved away, but while he lived there there were no coyote problems.
     
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  6. Jena

    Jena The Welsh Witch

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    I have read about this, and funny thing....lol.

    They say that women's urine works best. I don't know why.

    Here in the Uk we do have a few hawks around but no wolves, but the biggest problem we face is from foxes wandering around at night.

    I have seriously thought about keeping a bucket in the house and maybe using that. Anybody heard more about this?

    Yes I am a fuddy duddy but if it would add to the security of my girls I would give it a try. We have been lucky so far but people across the road fromme have lost chickens to foxes.
     
  7. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Quote:Because we're meaner.
     
  8. Faverolle

    Faverolle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I sued to work in animal control and music works really well for getting unwanted visitors like skunks,raccoons, etc to leave. If you have a skunk living under a coop or shed just put a radio under there and it will usually leave.
     
  9. mrsgibber

    mrsgibber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:There is a very long thread from pee users...search cyote pee and it should come up. [​IMG]
     
  10. Chickie Mamma

    Chickie Mamma Farmer at Heart

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    I can honestly say that a radio did NOT work for me. Not having a gun, I was trying to get rid of a fox that was tormenting my 8 birds (4 ducklings/ 4 pullets about 6 weeks old). It kept coming back and I went in to get the radio. Set it up at 2:00am (who could sleep with all the worry). It was loud (talk radio) some music. Woke up at 7:00am and all 8 birds were gone. Fox dug 2 feet under the coop through spikes and chicken wire. Radio was working fine.. so I guess when they really want something, they could care less about whats going on around them. Maybe another station [​IMG]
     

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