Beware Of Polecats

MayTheChickenLover

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Mar 22, 2020
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I did not know that polecats lived in South Devon until recently, when 2 of my relatively new chickens (Enid and Saucepan , named by my younger sister) got killed by one when sleeping in the coop. We know it was polecat as one had been sighted the previous night in our village and also a fox couldn't have got them (the polecat we think got through a small hole in the coop, too small for a fox). Now each night, we let our chickens roost high in the trees: they're much happier there and safer we think, as they climb about three meters up trees. Since the incident, they've completely abandoned the coop, which is open to them at any time and now very secure. 😥

RIP ENID AND SAUCEPAN
 

hayley3

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Sadly without an eyewitness, you really don't know what killed them, a previous sighting does not mean it was the killer of your chickens.
I'm assuming you are in England. Surely you have other predators that makes it unsafe for your chickens to be roosting overnight in a tree.
 

MayTheChickenLover

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Sadly without an eyewitness, you really don't know what killed them, a previous sighting does not mean it was the killer of your chickens.
I'm assuming you are in England. Surely you have other predators that makes it unsafe for your chickens to be roosting overnight in a tree.
We don't actually suffer from many tree-climbing predators here. Most of the chickens that have died were killed by dogs. We've never suffered from foxes, as the two farms on the outskirts of the shoot them, which I think is cruel, but at least then they don't harm my chickens!
 

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