Coon tested, mother approved

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DazeGoneBy, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. DazeGoneBy

    DazeGoneBy Chirping

    Jul 25, 2011
    We had our coop finished and the girls in about 3 days before I saw a coon track on the fence. It didn't get in.


    Now about a month later, we noticed coon tracks ALL OVER the fence, run, and coop. We can see two distinct sizes, so we figure it is Momma and at least one baby. They didn't get in.

    We don't lock the girls in the coop, and they don't go in their on their fact I almost think we wasted our time building a coop...we could have just built the run. For us, granted, we have a small 4' x 10' run, so it was well worth the money to use hardware cloth (1/2 in.) for the peace of mind. It's clear the worst predator in our area has paid us several visits, and couldn't get in.

    Thanks to all the folks here who educated us on proper predator-proofing.

    We had a live trap sitting by the fence since day one. Last night we set it with peanut butter and marshmallows. Nothing yet, but I feel like we should try to trap it rather than just keep being thankful each night that the run is still intact.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2011
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Yeah - it definitely pays to build things securely [​IMG] You will probably have to teach your chickens to go in the housing at night. When it's new, they rarely go in on their own.
  3. TroutsChicks

    TroutsChicks Fluffy Stuffins

    Jun 5, 2011
    baxter Tn
    try sardines! I got one the first try, now i don't have anymore pestering my flock.
  4. Springthing

    Springthing Chirping

    Aug 26, 2011
    SW Missouri
    half a can of small cat food works wonders here. Either we have a LOT of coons around here or the bait works wonders.
  5. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Songster

    May 14, 2011
    Quote:x2 on the cat food as bait
  6. mstrrlm

    mstrrlm Chirping

    Jun 23, 2011
    Picayune, MS
    Remember they are learning each time they come. Caught two coyotes today scoping out my chickens on pasture today and tonight there is only 1 coyote alive of the 2
  7. auto5man

    auto5man Songster

    Jul 27, 2011
    Great to hear a predator success story instead of one of tragedy. Congratz!!
  8. DazeGoneBy

    DazeGoneBy Chirping

    Jul 25, 2011
    Quote:Oh my, this sent a shiver down my back. That is EXACTLY what I was afraid of...

    Part of me wasn't want to use something so smelly like fish or cat food, because I really don't want to *bring it in from afar*. If it figured it couldn't get in, I was hoping it would move on and I would live and let live. But, I don't want to be so complacent that I give a coon the chance to find a way in and kill my helpless girls.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2011

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