Bobcats

geepy

Songster
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
1,136
6
161
central FL
I don't know if it is just Fl. but the bobcats have been real active this year. I have lost half of my free ranging flock to them. Now I have to lock them up as soon as the sun sets or else they go missing. They are beautiful animals but I'm really tired of them getting my flock. Sorry about the rant.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
13 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
327
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SW Arkansas
Sorry about your losses.
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We have bobcats here too, but I've only ever seen one up close around the farm. I have seen several bobcat hybrids and even had one sticking around for awhile. He just up and disappeared one day. He used to howl at the fence for me to put food out.
 

geepy

Songster
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
1,136
6
161
central FL
If they ate food instead of my chickens I would feed them. I really hate to kill them but I'm not sure what else I can do.
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ranchhand

Rest in Peace 1956-2011
11 Years
Aug 25, 2008
13,295
78
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SC
I don't free range anymore unless I am standing over them, and even then only for an hour or so. I figure it's my job to protect them - since my "guard" dogs would eat them too! So sorry for the troubles.
 

geepy

Songster
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
1,136
6
161
central FL
My guard dogs sleep in the house (on coushiey beds) at night. They are no help.
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I'm just going to make sure the chickens are locked up at night and hope the bobcats find somewhere else to hunt.
 

wasatusay

Songster
11 Years
Nov 29, 2008
318
2
131
South Carolina
I lost my big male duck ' Double Trouble' to a bobcat, he came over my 6 foot fence to porch by the kitchen and snatched him, not a sound, feather..nothing. Caught him in my yard by the garage, with the chickens and ducks (no sense!!!) staring and making odd sounds at him...first thought it may have been a snake but came around the side of the garage to be face to face with him/her (thank god no losses). It jumped my fence like in was nothing, never even touched it.
At first I called DNR and got permit to (the big K word) it, but cats are more keen on avoidance and stealth that we are. Also set traps, but no luck there. After that I hung solar lights along the fence facing the woods and threw all my dog hair (two cocker spaniels) over the back fence (they get groomed every 3 weeks at least). I have also noticed no rabbits or deer in that area either. If you don't have dogs ask any grooming or even (people) hair cutters if you can have the hair from the trash. You would be surprised what critters avoid! But locking them in at dusk is the best. Since that day all my animals are secure by dusk.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
13 Years
Nov 9, 2007
28,906
327
661
SW Arkansas
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In addition to that, dogs - male ones in particular - come in handy. I take the boys out to pee around the chickens area several times a week; more often when it rains.
 

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