daytime predators?! don't want to give up free range

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by MzBalance, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. MzBalance

    MzBalance Out Of The Brooder

    May 3, 2010
    Ft. Thomas
    It seems I may have lost my 2nd girl...middle of the afternoon and/or not returning to the coop
    any advise?
    we live in the burbs
  2. Ema

    Ema Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2010
    N. Ontario CANADA
    daytime, I would suspect cat or dog, but don't rule out anything else that might be able to swoop down from the sky. my advise is enclosed run, and of course live trap so you can finally figure out what is getting your girls!!

    Good luck and keep us posted!!

  3. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    I would guess dog or a predator bird. I have read that coons and possums(though uncommon) might come out during the day.Oh,could be a fox a well. I would recommend keeping them in a run and set live traps for a while.Either you catch something or the animal moves on,but eventually it will be back for the easy kills.
  4. cpegram

    cpegram Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have had a fox come out in the middle of the day...I would not have believed it if i didn't have it on video [​IMG]
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Quote:More info needed. Age / size / breed of birds? Available cover and refuges? Acreage available for foraging? How you dispense feed? ID of predator? Guesses to predator ID not helpfull, need to know so proper management action(s) can be taken.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2011
  6. florida lee

    florida lee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2011
    I have seen Foxes and Raccoons out during the daytime many many times, so I would not rule them out as daytime predators.
  7. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Quote:they are out constantly here
  8. henovergal

    henovergal Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 29, 2011
    First time around with chickens (25+ years ago) we lost a couple of hens to a fox and one to a neighbors dog. It was mid-day on three occassions.
  9. MzBalance

    MzBalance Out Of The Brooder

    May 3, 2010
    Ft. Thomas
    We live in the burbs...our home is on about an acre with woods line in the back, side and across the street. The house next door is raised on a hill, so the never seem to make it up there. Their coop is open during the day, but they mostly spend the hottest part of the day roosting in the wooods line. I had chickens last year and NO problems during the day - but, break ins at night. We re created the coop for safety at night, but didn't expect problems during the day.
    People say we could have fox and coyote, I guess that could be what got em.
    We have one left and I'm not going to let her out of the coop/run today. Not sure what to do > hate to keep her enclosed. Hate to see that she is now an 'only', but hesitant to get another hen - especially when I would have to keep it enclosed [​IMG]

    I appreciate all the input, but hate that I will have to give up the free range
  10. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I sympathize; I'd much rather let mine wander as they choose, even though their fenced yard is large enough to have a fair amount of vegetation growing in it. Lots of people do free range, with various meanings, despite losses. I used to, and had losses even with some dogs that wandered freely among the chickens. Daytime fox was my main predator. I believe it is more successful if they have other livestock to range with, perhaps goats or sheep, I don't really know which. I believe donkeys are pretty good for this. I'm sure you can't have a donkey where you live, though!

    I agree with you that your lone chicken will be happier with a companion, even though both will be penned. Perhaps you can find a buff orp; they are usually pretty laid back.

    Good luck.

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