Devastated and need advice

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Rfoser, Dec 12, 2016.

  1. Rfoser

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    I have had my hens for two years. I raised them from chicks and I live in the city so I only have four. I woke up yesterday morning to find one chicken dead and two missing. The dead one had obviously been killed by a predator. This morning I awoke to hear my remaining hen screaming. When I ran outside there was a huge raccoon attacking her. I tried to beat it off with a broom, but it came at me and I had to retreat.

    I really want to get new chicks this spring, but now I am worried. I have a small coop with a chicken wire enclosed run. It is covered on top. No obvious holes, but there are a few small gaps I guess. Any ideas on what yo do to keep any new chickens safe? Do I need a gum to keep critters away? I am so upset that I couldn't even protect my last bird :(
     
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  2. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First off, [​IMG], and I am so sorry for your loss. No, you don't need a gun to get rid of predators, especially if you live in the city, but it would be good to have a BB gun for future offense in a matter such as you had. Try purchasing a trap, because raccoons are relentless once they have a bead on your birds; Once you have captured the thing, relocate it outside a 10 mile radius of your house, raccoons can sniff their way back at a certain distance. For protection, it would help to see some pics of your coop to determine what is needed.
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Sorry for your loss.

    Show us pictures of that coop. I bet it can be hardened easily.

    Additinally, look as using a small fencer, to charge hotwire directly attached to coop or in immediate vicinity. You might even be able to power a length of electrified poultry netting.
     
  4. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you make your profile pic an angry raccoon for this reason?
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Traps are good but there may be a legal issues associated with relocating.
     
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  6. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can turn them in to animal control.
     
  7. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or, if there are that many rules, then hire a pest control agency.
     
  8. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I do not know pest control cost. How would that compare to upgrades when pest control will be a chronic issues not limited to that one raccoon?
     
  9. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What I meant is that you have them set a trap if it is illegal to do so yourself
     
  10. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not sure how much shock wire is either, but I'm guessing its pretty pricey.
     

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