coydogs eat chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BikerBabeRules, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. BikerBabeRules

    BikerBabeRules Songster

    Feb 13, 2008
    Vermont, USA
    I hear coydogs out side, in the woods across the road. Do they have the nerve to break into the barn and eat fowl? Do they only come out at night?
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    They can certainly hunt in the daytime sometimes. And if they're hungry and can smell chicken in a barn they would certainly be willing to try their darnedest to get in.

  3. BikerBabeRules

    BikerBabeRules Songster

    Feb 13, 2008
    Vermont, USA
    Besides keeping the barn locked down at dusk, till dawn, is there anything i can do? My birds free range all day when the weather permits, door open most days as ducks are always outside, nobody is caged.
  4. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

    Sep 4, 2007
    Quote:What is a coydog???
  5. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    If your ducks are always outside, they will lure the predators in.
    Best to herd them in the barn at night as well.
  6. petlove

    petlove Songster

    Jan 27, 2008
    Skiatook, OK
    I, also, am curious. What is a coydog? [​IMG]
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Around here what we would call a coydog is a mix of coyote and dog. Usually they've got less fear of a human so consequently have the potential to do more damage to livestock.
  8. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    If your property has any type of fence around it, add an electric fence.
    Place the first wire at 8", next at 18" and the last at 30". That works most of the time. If a predator wants in, they will get in. Enough thing that works is a radio. The electric fence will cost you a few hundred dollars, a radio a few dollars at Goodwill. Or you can go all out and spend a few thousand dollars. This depends on the size of your property and the number of birds you have.
  9. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Songster

    Nov 7, 2007
    Yes Coydogs will hunt in the day....neighbours on the road have lost chickens and rabbits and when we were getting our Xmas tree we heard them in the woods around us.I also have seen their prints in the snow around my coop..when the snow wasnt so deep!! haha..(our dogs dont go around the coop area).One of my oldtime neighbours on the road told me that if you see alot of wild rabbits around your place then there not around but if you dont see any wild rabbits that means they have been hunting them...Also he said to watch my dogs because in the spring they really try and intise the domestic dogs to come join them for breeding(or when the female is in heat) or for"lunch"..They're cool to listen to on a summers night

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