BEAR got my coop

Discussion in 'Quail' started by jwatts, Jun 1, 2017.

  1. jwatts

    jwatts Songster

    Apr 16, 2011
    Ugh, came home from a bike ride yesterday and had a momma bear and 3 cubs in my yard at 7pm. Toar my quail coop apart and killed 10 quail. I just separated the males to give the girls a break and now the bear hits me. Broad daylight too.

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  2. Auroradream26

    Auroradream26 Smothered in Feathers

    May 14, 2013
    Central, PA
    I'm so sorry to hear this :( such a terrible thing to find.

    We had a bear get close to our turkey coop last year but he only destroyed the bird feeder and park bench that was a few feet away. We spent a lot of time being terrified of him returning to break in to the coops.
  3. Hamiam

    Hamiam Crowing

    May 8, 2017
    Cottondale, Texas
    My Coop
    I'm so sorry to hear about this. I was recently talking with someone who lives in Colorado, who said "if a bear wants to get in a coop, there's really no way to stop it". My heart breaks for you.
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  4. HUGHES555

    HUGHES555 Chirping

    Jul 26, 2016
    Man that sucks, sorry for your loss. But I do like your little coop set up.
  5. jwatts

    jwatts Songster

    Apr 16, 2011
    Thank you, ill have to do some reinforcement on it this weekend.
  6. dpenning

    dpenning Crowing

    Jul 20, 2013
    Blue Ridge, TX
    Wow, that stinks. I know you don't want to kill a mama bear and her babies but could you fire off a round or two to make them think it isn't a good place for a buffet any time they want it? Not sure where you are located so that may or may not be feasible.

    I too like your setup, especially the clear door. That gave me some ideas as I have a hutch I built with only the front door being mesh, then put a 10 x 10 covered dog kennel around it and I'm thinking it is going to be too dark inside. Great idea to put plexiglass on the sides so it is still a wind block but they can get more daylight inside.
  7. lomine

    lomine Crowing

    Aug 7, 2015
    Peyton, CO
    Gosh that's terrible. I'm sorry.

    The only way to keep bears out is with electrical fencing. I saw some at my local feed store last time I was there so maybe check with yours.
  8. DK newbie

    DK newbie Songster

    Apr 20, 2015
    Gosh I'm glad I don't have to worry about bears :S I imagine you'd need to build an 8 foot wall around anything you want to keep it out of. Or get a pretty serious electric fence. So sorry this happened to you.
    Worst thing we have is probably foxes, rats and mustelids. We haven't had wolves for 200 years but apparently they found their way back a few years ago - though still in very insignificant numbers, they've bothered a few sheep farmers but most of us only know they are here because the media says so.. Before that, the badger was our largest predator and they are so shy I've never even seen one alive. Bears are on a completely different level. If you find one in your yard you call the zoo and tell them to come get their escapee.
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  9. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Bears! Oh my!
    I suggest you pack up and move across town immediately!

    So sorry for your loss.
  10. User395221

    User395221 Crowing

    Jan 3, 2016
    My Coop
    I'm so sorry for your loss. :(

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