Defeating the Predators

Discussion in 'Quail' started by SallyKay3926, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. SallyKay3926

    SallyKay3926 Hatching

    Jun 10, 2013
    Well we go through the hatch and get them big enough to go in a pen and then the Predators Come to help you out.
    Our Farm seems to attract, coyotes, raccoons and possum. As well as numerous cats. Even a Bobcat. The first week we were TAUGHT a hard lesson. Of the 60 eggs I bought on Ebay, about 30 hatched, 26 made all the way to the Big Cage. We thought we had it safe, NOT. Then the raccoon came and took 5 in one night. from under and the side. Next day we put Metal on the underpinning and re fortified the outside of the pen AGAIN. So far its been 3 weeks and we still have 21 (4 month old) Butler Quail. But just keeping them alive till they can lay EGGS has been a trial. happy 21 at the moment, still can't tell the boys for sure, Butlers all seem to look alike to the inexperienced eye and they are only coooing not bobing yet. A few have a slight Rise of feathers on the head.
    HOW DO YOU TELL FOR SURE ON BUTLER BOBS? Anybody have an answer for me? Raccoon, SallyKay3926
  2. cypressdrake

    cypressdrake Songster

    Jul 4, 2012
    Thibodaux, Louisiana.
    I had lost 30 or so chickens a night, due to mink attacks several years back. I since put in lights and a loud radio playing in my barn and this keeps wild predators away. Another thing is I walk my Mini Schnauzers out by the barn area daily and they put some scent out, that may help also.

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