Bear attacked the run and chickens today

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickenbike, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

    We had a bear attack the run and try to get the chickens today. All seem okay except for some feather loss and scrapes on the tops of their heads. The rooster's comb area was scraped the most as he was doing his job and trying to protect the girls.

    We fired a bear banger, which scared off the bear. One hen escaped, but we caught her. We have bears in the yard quite routinely, and we were glad to have been home during this guys visit!

    We moved the ark closer to the house tonight and the dog is always an excellent alarm system for bears. I will keep an eye on the top of their heads to see that they heal all right.

    Darn bear was well-fed too....a big, round fella, not skinny in the least!
  2. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Songster

    May 11, 2008
    San Diego
    wow and double wow!
  3. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

    The coop was only 50' or so from the house, but you know fear these days. Now they're just 15' right out the kitchen window.

    Our property is fenced on 3 sides by an 8' cedar fence, but the 4th side is a creek. It's the creek that the wildlife use as their highway! Now they're in the furthest corner from the creek with the house in between.

    As I said, we were just happy to have been home....and happy the bear banger scared him off!
  4. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
  5. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

    Thanks, Gallagher makes a nice product. I'll spend some time investigating their full lineup.
  6. Rainman

    Rainman In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2008
    Woodinville WA.
    When I fire a bear banger there is bear sausage and a new rug. [​IMG]
  7. Whitney9988

    Whitney9988 In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2008
    I was told bears wont attack chickens. So I guess they were wrong?[​IMG]
  8. chickenbike

    chickenbike Songster

    Certainly in our area in BC....there are bears aplenty.....and they do go after chickens. More so in spring and fall as they're hungry in the spring after hibernating and in the fall, before hibernating, they are busy filling up on ALL food sources!

    Many bears have destroyed sheds and entered garages. They are powerful and can be very determined when seeking food.

    We're only on 1/2 an acre, not a clear enough line of site to stock the freezer and make a rug! [​IMG] Have to stick with the bear bangers I'm afraid!
  9. coffeelady3

    coffeelady3 Froths Milk for Hard Cash

    Jun 26, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
  10. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Songster

    Jun 22, 2008
    Have you ever tried a bear board? 4x8 sheet of plywood with 16p nails driven into it densly and placed sharp side up. many use them in front of doors on remote cabins. Bears are smart enough to avoid them altogether.

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