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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by tarheelmama7914, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. tarheelmama7914

    tarheelmama7914 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think I heard coyoties in the woods tonight. I just added new ducks and hens after dark and I heard the most wild howling ever and the dogs around were all barking. I know they were around 2 yrs ago but not sure about last year. Any I deas to know how far they are from our home? because it sounded like they were right at the back of our property.
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    If they sounded like they were in your backyard, then they probably were. I hope you have secure night time housing.
     
  3. rcentner

    rcentner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] If you can hear the coyotes then they are close enough to eat your birds. Lock em up tight!
     
  4. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are a lot of post in this section on coyotes if you're looking for information. Basically if they are around they may find your birds and once they find this food source they will utilize it. Your best bet is to make sure your birds are secure both day and night. Chances are if the coyotes leave them alone now they will in the future and will prevent any others that might from coming into their territory. BTW, you're hearing them now because this summer's pups are learning to hunt and mama and papa are keeping in touch with them.
     
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  5. tarheelmama7914

    tarheelmama7914 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so what about my dog? we keep her on a chain when we leave... she's a husky, so is she in danger or would they leave her alone. I was scared last night because I heard them while in the coop. would they hurt me????
     
  6. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Thanks aprophet... you sent this to me also and I was going to post it to here as well.
     
  7. hiker125

    hiker125 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't speak for NC, but here in Southern IN, the coyotes have interbred with abandoned dogs and are rapidly losing all fear of humans.

    I live in town, but with lots of fields and woods across the road. I see coyotes in our neighbor trying to get into the trash cans. I have even stepped on the porch and yelled at them. They just look rather non-chalant and keep rummaging. If I didn't live in town, I would certainly shoot them (I have young kids)

    Up until this AM, I felt comfortable leaving my good sized dogs in the back yard at night. It has a 6 foot solid privacy fence. I never made this a regular habit, but sometimes they didn't want to come in when I was ready to go to bed.

    However, a neighbor's dog ( a mid-size mutt) was bitten in the back yard last night by something. No one is 100% sure that it was a coyote, but I am not taking any chances. [​IMG]
     
  8. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Not true about the dog part, most coyotes are pure bred or coyote/wolf crosses--the coydog is a thing of the past, if it ever really existed. However, they are losing fear of humans because of people either feeding them directly or allowing them to feed on outdoor dog food, garbage, etc. Under this thread,https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=393828&p=6 I posted the NYS DEC information in regard to coyote/human/dog encounters. Basically it says not to show fear and run from them as you'd be acting like prey and that large dogs, especially a husky, should not have a problem with them except, possibly, in the spring when a pair is denning. The best bet is to stand up to them, they are basically cowards unless extremely hungry, protecting young or sick.
     
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  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Our coyotes come through our back yard. I stopped composting because I was worried for my children.
     

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