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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by souza, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. souza

    souza New Egg

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    Ok this morning I went out to my chicken pen to find 3 hens and one duck dead. What hunts during the night to early morning and eats and attacts the head only.?
     
  2. loveallanimals

    loveallanimals Out Of The Brooder

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    Foxes?
     
  3. Carpmike

    Carpmike New Egg

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    Normally foxs
     
  4. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Owls will do this.
    sorry for your loss.[​IMG]
    Sorry i reread your post and saw there were more than one loss, i would say weasel.
     
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  5. littleoak

    littleoak Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Weasel. Hard to catch (for me) but it will continue killing until it is stopped. Look around for it's nesting area. They usually stay close to their food supply. In the daytime you will probably find it asleep.
     
  6. bigoledude

    bigoledude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need to identify this killer. Shore-up your coop but, if you don't know for a fact what predator you are dealing with, you will stay at a disadvantage.

    Game cams are now relatively inexpensive.

    Using this set-up will alarm you to any movement near your chickens.

    Buy the cheap motion detector double security lights. http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc...&keyword=motion+detector+lights&storeId=10051

    There are more expensive motion detectors. I'm assuming they are probably better at detecting movement. You may want to spend the extra money on better detection. I got the cheaper ones and don't regret it. YET!!

    Point the detector in the direction the predator has been travelling. Instead of a bulb in one of the sockets, screw in one of these receptacles that you can plug a cord into.http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-125-2-Pole-2-Wire-Adapter/dp/B001PCVTFC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1353891411&sr=8-2&keywords=light+bulb+socket+outlet[​IMG]

    With one of these you would be able to have the light and cord also. http://www.amazon.com/Leviton-1403-Outlet-Socket-Adapter/dp/B001F71O70/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1353891411&sr=8-1&keywords=light+bulb+socket+outlet[​IMG]

    Run the cord into the house to a buzzer or radio. Here is a buzzer. http://www.buzzersdirect.com/produc...-buzzerbr-part-number-12pn31100-ul-recognized

    When the motion detector sets off the "alarm", you go out and either kill this thing or at least identify it. The other light in the fixture will provide you with enough light to see what you're doing.
     
  7. flockman

    flockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I once had a raccoon that did this till we eliminated it. Good luck!
     

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