Dang predators!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Witchgrass, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. Witchgrass

    Witchgrass In the Brooder

    Oct 18, 2016
    Bandera, Texas
    Over the last month, I've lost at least 8 chickens(including two sitting hens) to a hawk and either a fox or cat. They free range during the day and are locked up at night. Due to number of chickens, I can't keep them all locked up. During the week, I'm usually gone from daylight till dark so it's hard to watch then during the day. Ugh!!
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Unfortunately it does come with the territory when free-ranging. There are often some steps that can be taken to mitigate the risks, if you'd be interested in some help with that you can post some photos of the area(s) your birds range in so we can see what might help you. One thing that helps with the aerial predator issue is to provide various cover items for the birds to use if/when a threat is detected above - this can be as simple as a pallet placed up on cinder blocks at a height that the chickens can get under to huddle as most birds of prey will not pursue the attack I they can't get at them from above for the strike.
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Free Ranging Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    You may need to rethink your management. Your predator(s) will continue to return until they have wiped out your flock. Something that I've read about on here is Premiere electric poultry netting. It would help with ground predators, but not necessarily helpful for aerial predators. Supposedly easy to move and use. (I don't use it, so I can't say for sure). It may be worth considering a run attached to your coop (I have two coops, each with a 12x16' attached run) to contain your chickens until the current predator(s) gets discouraged and moves on. That will work until the next one comes along.
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Curious where the setting hens were and what time of day did they get killed?

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