Dealing with predators

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Jay Bee, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. Jay Bee

    Jay Bee In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2007
    North Florida
    I think for most small land owners, if you would ask your fish and game officer to recommend a fur trapper in your area, I'm sure he (she) would come and trap
    the fox,coon bobcat, coyote for you. If you continue to use these half hearted methods I read about, you will lose all your birds. JB
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Please clarify which methods you are talking about, as your post reads now it points to nothing specific,
    so we don't know which methods you're talking about. [​IMG]
  3. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    I prefer to take care of business myself. I have a cage trap for coons, & a shotgun. Nothing half hearted in my approach. I have only lost 1 chook in 7 years to a predator.
  4. Jay Bee

    Jay Bee In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2007
    North Florida
    This was offered as a solution to the predator problem, and not directed at the people that are skilled in the use of firearms and the proper use of traps and disposal of trapped critters. JB
  5. hsm5grls

    hsm5grls Songster

    Oct 3, 2007
    Some of us live in more populated area's where you just can't walk outside and shoot something. If I fired a gun where I live believe me it would be a short time before a sheriff was knocking on my door. I think we all do what we can according to where we live to protect our chickens. What might be legal and feasible for you might not work in another persons situation. I am a small land owner and still can not fire a gun here. As far as traps sometimes they work..some times not. It all depends on where you live and your situation.
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I totally agree! Even on 80 acres, with the SO's collection of over 30 firearms (several which I've been trained on), shooting at a predator is something I either a. don't do at all or b. leave to the SO's expertise. How bad would I feel if I missed and shot one of the cows milling about or worse yet, one of my own outside critters! If I was in a hurry to catch the predator would I really have time to ensure no other animal was in the danger zone? I take extra good care of my animals, including providing for their protection from other critters, and sometimes that's the best you can do.
  7. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I'm afraid the city will annex me in a few years and I won't be able to shoot outside my door anymore. Then I'll be in the same predicament that many of you are. I guess I'll have to move farther away then.
  8. SisterFlash

    SisterFlash Songster

    Are you telling me that if your life is endanger by a predator or human you cannot shoot? :eek:

    In tucson I know their were stories about sabino canyon lions stalking me if a parent shot a lion stalking or following (call it what you will) why would the sherrif be doing anything but giving you a pat on the back?

    I think in Az their is no season on lion. What kind of predator was bugging you in tucson?

    I am still a big beleiver in electic zap. I hope my fencing will work.

    Barb [​IMG]
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    There was a bear in Seattle once. I bet if someone took out a gun big enough to kill it, they would wind up in BIG troubble.
  10. SisterFlash

    SisterFlash Songster

    Quote:That is just silly. That bear was a threat. I think some peopel have gotten a little nutty when they do not understand that a bear will not look at them as something to eat.

    I was still suprised no one had a gun in their purse at the zoo and shot that tiger. I am sure people worry about missing and hitting an untended target but when people and kids were endanger.

    I guess you are right silkie after seeing the zoo manager on the news all upset about the tiger and not so much about the kids. Or that was how I felt that press conference sounded.

    Barb [​IMG]

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