Coyote in the neighborhood

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Bestchickens, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. Bestchickens

    Bestchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Recently a coyote has killed one of my hens. My chickens were all in a flock and they all scattered. It was a big mess. I need to get rid of it. I tried to call it in with my varmint call but that didn't work. I don't want to buy a trap they are really expensive. Help!! I need to get rid of it!
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Put one of your hens out in a wire cage same place same time he killed the other and wait gun ready. Like us predators seem to be creatures of habit.
     
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    A good #2 coil spring trap from the Duke Trap company likely can still be bought for $10 - $20. One good coyote hide is worth more than that.
     
  4. Bestchickens

    Bestchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    But our neighbors have cats!
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Not for long if there are coyotes in the neighborhood.
     
  6. TheReadyBoys

    TheReadyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get the guns out! Or maybe call a someone experienced with this stuff. Maybe that's better than the guns...
     
  7. Bestchickens

    Bestchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been sutton in the bushes with my 12 gauge for like 2 hours and trying to call him in! I haven't seen anything!
     
  8. ncrugger

    ncrugger New Egg

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    Coyotes may be annoying but they certainly are not stupid. They have a terrific sense of smell and sight, so if you're in the bushes, better sit very still, wear clothes that have been washed with scent-free soap or have been aired out well. If they even slightly sense a threat they will alter their habit to ultimately get what they are after. Trap is best, as mentioned above. There are too many cats, anyway :)
     
  9. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    I like sourlands idea as well. Sooner or later youll get him.Hope its sooner! Patience and persistence best chickens. Just like the yote. Good hunting.
     

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