COYOTES!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by SundownWaterfowl, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Last night when I was sleeping, I woke up and her this racket. It sounds like a pack of coyotes on my neighbors lawn. They were yipping and howling. Then I heard a big shotgun blast, so I know my neighbor shot at them. It was very creepy to hear those noises. Then I was worried that maybe they were trying to get into my pens, but luckly they didnt. It sounded like at least maybe 5-8 of them. Ive heard them maybe 1 or 2x before, but Ive never heard them this close. It really creeped me out.
     
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:ooh, i know! thay are getting bad again here! just 2 nights ago...my foster son (14) comes running back in the house from the goat pen (he was sent outside to bring my pot belly pigs inside for the night) at dusk time...he comes in all out of breath and with only 1 pig....he said the coy dogs are out there, REAL close....and he couldnt get my piglet to come out of the barn because he was scared....hubby tells him to STAY inside, and runs out to check on everyone...they were all okay thankfully!..it IS getting real scary here though!...they have NO fear of humans...they are so used to our scent it dosent even faze them anymore...scary..very scary! [​IMG]
     
  3. 4hooves&featheredfriends

    4hooves&featheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The coyote situation here in the southwestern corner of NH, as in many other areas is to the point where coyotes will come within 150 feet of houses, barns and livestock. My friend has a small animal sanctuary across the street from our farm and has had female coyotes and their young litters come to within 75 feet of the back of the house and just watch her care for her horses.

    In the spring the bells from a church on the Ct River chime and our whole hillside erupts in yips and howls. It is actually quite impressive and in a strange way beautiful, as it is really then that Spring announces itself. At night you can hear the pack yipping and playing in our back field - then it goes all very quiet and within about 30 seconds the calls start about 600 yards across the street.

    We have "trappers" that work with the Fish & Game and Conservation Officer to "cull" the numbers using hound dogs. (You should hear that ruckus).

    In this area there aren't any other animals that prey on coyotes. The only one in this area is man and sickness. Yet the deer population would go sickly out of whack without the coyote - it has always fascinated me. For the safety of your property and livestock - a good Anatolian, cattle dog, Rottweiler or Aussie just to name a few would keep those pests away [​IMG]
     
  4. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes there are alot of Coy dogs around here also....my neighbours are seeing them cross through there yards even in the day time...One ffigures its a female trying to attract his dogs...so far my couch potatos have no interest....
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Hunger can make many animals fearless.
     
  6. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    4hooves&featheredfriends :

    The coyote situation here in the southwestern corner of NH, as in many other areas is to the point where coyotes will come within 150 feet of houses, barns and livestock. My friend has a small animal sanctuary across the street from our farm and has had female coyotes and their young litters come to within 75 feet of the back of the house and just watch her care for her horses.

    In the spring the bells from a church on the Ct River chime and our whole hillside erupts in yips and howls. It is actually quite impressive and in a strange way beautiful, as it is really then that Spring announces itself. At night you can hear the pack yipping and playing in our back field - then it goes all very quiet and within about 30 seconds the calls start about 600 yards across the street.

    We have "trappers" that work with the Fish & Game and Conservation Officer to "cull" the numbers using hound dogs. (You should hear that ruckus).

    In this area there aren't any other animals that prey on coyotes. The only one in this area is man and sickness. Yet the deer population would go sickly out of whack without the coyote - it has always fascinated me. For the safety of your property and livestock - a good Anatolian, cattle dog, Rottweiler or Aussie just to name a few would keep those pests away [​IMG]

    I wish that I could get a Rottie, but I have no more room for another animal in the house. [​IMG]
     
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    We have a very vicious pack running through here right now too. My BIL's uncle has trapped one by accident and it was very aggressive.

    My kids are on lock-down and have strict instructions to not go outside by themselves. The buddy system is a must! The chickens are being monitored heavily.

    Food is scarce this time of year and it will make wild animals do unheard of things to fill their bellies.

    Be careful and watch your girls (and kids if you have any) like a hawk! [​IMG]
     
  8. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
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    I had the same problem. Gander Mountain has a wonderful varmint hunting light that mounts on top of a rifle scope. It says it is good for 250 yards; 1/2 mile no problem! As it always works , as soon as I buy it I have not had the opportunity to use it for coyotes. They were getting on my nerves and I started thinking I had no light strong enough to distinguish a coyote that was not real close. Then when I went to buy a light it was around $150; which I did not want to spend that much. I decided that If the coyotes killed my chickens 300 at $12 each= dead coyote,priceless. 15 goats at $100 each=dead coyote, priceless. The light was more than reasonable! My dog hates them and it gets scary when there is more than one of them. He is pretty good to stay by the house when there is a pack. I was also thinking about the live trap at tractor supply; it was $190.
     
  9. mytwogirls

    mytwogirls Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I concur. That is some real fun too. A big spotlight and a buddy is a lot cheaper though. Good luck with the problem.
     
  10. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Well, I just got in from feeding and watering everybody, and there are no coyote tracks around the pens. [​IMG] Thats good.
     

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