Bear!! SOS

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by boomboomvw, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. boomboomvw

    boomboomvw Hatching

    Aug 8, 2015
    Sussex County, NJ
    We were just woken up go a big black bear breaking the door to the coop. we scared it away with a paintball gun and yelling. Any thoughts on whether the paintball gun did the trick? or should I look into a security system or whether it may try to come back?
    it definitely was on top of the fence areas because the one wall is bent. The front is Wood and chicken wire and it broke the door in half while trying to rip it open

  2. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Songster

    Jul 18, 2013
    Kalispell MT
    You should look into electric fencing of some sort. It's about the only thing that can keep a bear out of your coop. I watched some videos on youtube that showed bears being zapped and running away from electric fences.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Agrees... hot wire about the only thing to deter a bear.

  4. You could cut plywood and pound nails into it...Lots of nails with them sticking up so the bear steps on the nails and hurts his toes...Place it in front of your coop door each night...The paint ball might have scared him off if he was a young bear...Would fish and wildlife come and dart the bear to relocate it??

    Good luck
  5. Flock In Texas

    Flock In Texas Chirping

    Aug 7, 2016
    I like how you think. Make him work in pain for his supper.

  6. Rach4

    Rach4 Chirping

    Aug 31, 2016
    Wow you poor bugger! I am currently having a debate with Australians here on the forum as I am using a sling shot to scar the magpies away! and you have BEARS! I feel for you. Hope it pans out well for you
  7. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    You can not leave food out at night if your in bear country. That means you can't leave it in the coop either. The feed attracts the bear and the when they are already there they tear the coop apart and eat the birds.

    Bring feed inside shed or garage every night and the bear will stop coming. Use chunx poison in tamper proof bait boxes to deter rodents and close your coop door each night.
  8. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Songster

    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
    ...and whats to keep your dog, or goat, or even a chicken or duck from stepping on the same nails....even yourself or your wheelbarrow/lawnmower/handtruck/etc (we forget about things sometimes)?

    I would think that a strong electric fence/charger would be a great security enhancement and would help with other predators, too. I think if the bear knows there is a chicken dinner awaiting it inside the coop it will return...the paint balls were probably just a nuisance to it.

    Best wishes,
  9. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    You need 6 to 8 thousand volts to stop a bear. If you do go the electric route use a 1 joule charger. The thing is once the bear is trained to electric you only need the clicking sound of electric fencing to keep it away. They are attracted by the feed and stay for the chicken dinner.

  10. You misunderstood my reply....The wood with nails is only out to deter the Bear from getting inside the coop through the door and window...If bears are an issue, would not all livestock be locked up at night?.During the day the deterrent is removed...Not sure why anything other than the bear would step on it??

    Then again, what do I know???

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