Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by elkracer, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. elkracer

    elkracer New Egg

    Feb 27, 2009
    I live in the country and bear get into my compost pile and bird feeders quite often. I'm trying my hand at chickens this summer. Just 5 or 6 laying hens to start. They will be in a coop with time to free range when I can supervise. Has anyone had problems with bear during the night?
  2. preppy*hippie*chick

    preppy*hippie*chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Centerburg, Ohio
    Yes they have. You're going to want to make that coop like Fort Knox!
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    What type of bear? We have to protect against black bears, and thankfully not against grizzly or have to give careful thought to construction and you will need a roofed run for those days when you can't risk free-ranging. Be sure your framing materials are substantial and that your door can be protected with a locking bar.

    Another thing you can do is to relocate your compost FAR from the coop, and to keep any meat/fish/poultry/bone leftovers in the freezer until pickup day. Bird feeders should be far back, too. But really, with bears already using your property, separation is the only way to keep poultry.

    Click on my home page if you want to see how we are coping. We have not had a direct bear attack, largely because we have many farming neighbors whose poultry are, um, available (free-range). Ahem.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2009
  4. azelgin

    azelgin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
  5. gypsy2621

    gypsy2621 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2008
    New Hampshire
    first and formeost , take down your bear feeders.
    The put compost into critter prof compost bins.

    Yor first line of defense against bear is to clean up any and all attractants.
  6. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd also run at least a few strand of electric fencing around the run!
    We have an abundance of black bear here, too............and that is what I have done.
    Bears are extremely strong and the hot wires are my best defense.
    Some folks recommend actually 'baiting' the hanging strips of bacon on the the bear's nose gets a big shock, and they will NOT return! I don't know if I'd have
    the nerve to actually try to 'attract' them here............but I 'do' get the logic behind it!!
  7. elkracer

    elkracer New Egg

    Feb 27, 2009
    Thanks, I need to think this through!
  8. Equus5O

    Equus5O Chillin' With My Peeps

    My dog treed a sow with 3 cubs today. I don't usually have a problem with my compost bin; only when I"m lazy and don't stir in the new stuff when I put it in. The garbage is in bins in the garage, and it goes to work with me. We're putting the coop inside of the chain link run. I will move the compost bin, though; it's right where we're putting the coop and run. The closest call we've had with bear was when one climbed up onto my mother's second story deck (bird feeders!). She caught him perched upon the railing, outside her open french doors. I'm in NJ, and will be using the SSS method (we have a backhoe!) [​IMG]
  9. gabby3535

    gabby3535 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey, Equus50............Where is Warren County are you?
    I'm in Hardwick!
    And what the heck is the SSS method?

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