Do number of chickens affect predators?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by MaggieRae, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. MaggieRae

    MaggieRae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    North Texas
    I'm getting chickens soon and I live in a very predator filled area. Coyotes, racoons, and loose dogs are the norm around here. I was just curious if the number of chickens might affect the amount of animals willing to check out my soon to be predator-proof coop. We're going all out, since I don't want to lose my flock to the dog!!!

    I know that I'm getting at least 6... And I'm not getting a rooster because I have some elderly neighbors who come up every weekend that would be making some noise if my roo's were keeping them up. [​IMG] Oh well.
     
  2. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Not a definitive answer but I never had a problem with hawks going after my birds until my numbers increased from a max of 7 to 13 chickens including a rooster, plus 7 ducks. We had our first hawk attack in about 12 years of owning chickens just last month. The other factor is I never had light colored birds before but one of my hens, my rooster and three of my ducks are fairly light colored. As far as overhead predators I do think it's made a difference.
     
  3. One Acre Wonder Farm

    One Acre Wonder Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2009
    Vermont
    interesting question! I don't have an answer, but I do suspect a roo would be easier for predators to hear, thus attracting more predators.

    It will be interesting to see what other people have to say.
     
  4. MaggieRae

    MaggieRae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    North Texas
    I have heard that hawks go after light colored birds, and you can clear that right up with a turkey *Or darker colored birds*. They're big enough to keep hawks away, apparently.
     
  5. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    My daughters bus driver has light colored birds, and has a Red Tail Hawk that will literally sit on the nearest tree and stalk...her pen is covered completely and it couldn't possibly get in, but it still looks....
     
  6. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Quote:Wish I had room for one!
     
  7. MaggieRae

    MaggieRae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    North Texas
    Exactly what we had to say. I hear loud birds will keep them away too.
     
  8. crait

    crait Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The more chickens you have, the more the preditors will eat. If you have 3, they'll eat 3.
    If you have 20, they'll eat 20 of them.
     
  9. MaggieRae

    MaggieRae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    North Texas
    So the amount doesn't really affect predators? Aww... I was hoping.

    Guess I'm just going to have to go all out predator-proof with the coop like I planned!
     
  10. bethinoklahoma

    bethinoklahoma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    this problem is making me CUSS [​IMG]
    Now I have had BLACK big chickens. A pair
    rooster and all. NO hawaks. Then I did get a
    white hen and no hawaks. Now that I have babys
    and two white silkies white turkey and a white polish
    the hawaks live here. So far Im down 4 chicks to hawks.
    These were getting big, feathers and all. One was white the
    rest not. So I would NOT buy white if I had to do it over.
    Also lost two to snake. So I am going with alot and a low price
    spring if I buy more.
     

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