Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ourbous, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. ourbous

    ourbous Hatching

    Jan 21, 2017
    Hi. I am having a problem with a pesky bobcat. I had a great pyr for 1 year and she has been excellent in preventing chicken deaths (before the pyr I lost my entire flock in 1 month). However, I think the bobcats are getting desperate because of the winter and taking risks and now my numbers are dwindling quickly again. When the chickens sound off in alarm my pyr comes quickly over but I'm afraid it's too late then. I was wondering if getting another LGD would help or if it would just do the same thing and hang with my pyr and come when it's too late...a fence is impracticle because i live in the woods. Any other ideas?

  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Electric fence. At least a few lines of electric polywire. All the cat or any predator has to do is touch it once. They wont come back.
  3. ourbous

    ourbous Hatching

    Jan 21, 2017
    Thanks but my yard gets flooded and the back is swamp so i cant run power. What do you think of barbed wire instead?
  4. Zoomie

    Zoomie Songster

    Dec 6, 2015
    Mora, NM USA
    Barbed wire won't stop a bobcat. If electricity is not an option. what about an enclosed run? If it were covered as well the bobcat would not be able to get in at all.

    In my experience which is limited, a LGD like a great Pyrenees is an animal that works at night. They spend most of the day sleeping and loafing around and then when it gets dark they really get down to business and keep out coyotes and so on all night long. At night, your chickens are in the coop hopefully, safe from most danger. Maybe a type of dog that is more active in the daytime? Then you'd be covered both day and night. But again it might be tricky because like you say, the one dog might copy and hang out with the other. But there are loads of people much more experienced with dogs and I'm sure they will chime in and correct me.
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    You can make hot-wire work in your setting at cost of periodically loosing perimeter when water comes up. Electrified poultry netting could work as indicated above, although will be pricey. Not enough information to give positive ID on predator. Fox would be able to beat a single LGD. Two LGD's is the standard approach but total free-range in a woodland setting (tree part of swamp) will promote too much ranging for even two dogs to cover. I have free-ranged chickens in the middle of woodland settings and they quickly range much greater distances than I can cover and they tend look for edges between the woodland and herbaceous areas were eats and cover better.
  6. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Songster

    Feb 15, 2017
    Deer rifle works best.
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  7. BobDBirdDog

    BobDBirdDog Songster

    Jun 8, 2014
    X2 on the rifle.....maybe a shotgun or 45 auto.

  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Bobcats hard to shoot if you have a job away from home. Especially if dog keeps it away from core of where you live. I would use a chicken as bait and trap cat.
  9. KAG123

    KAG123 In the Brooder

    Feb 12, 2017
    Flint Hills Kansas
    What he said

    I am new to the site but been lurking for a long time. I have been predator hunter for years and trapping is probably the single most effective way to get a Bobcat. Very low rate of success using live box trap. There are a few places to get good info from people who really understand this, or Not advertising for them just offering place to get solid info.
  10. Msbrickann

    Msbrickann In the Brooder

    Feb 21, 2017
    I had some predator issues when I first moved to my place. My property backs a high fence game ranch. Very abundant with nature here. My property was waste high, had to shred as we moved in to get to house. Live country living, however was I ever in for nature's lessons. I had dealt with four legged stalkers and flYing sorts. Seems a radio which my hens do like certain songs more than others... lol.. and motion sensor lights have been my best guards. I did spread soiled kitty litter at back of property as well.

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