Do weasels attach in daylight or only evening??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by todtrac, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. todtrac

    todtrac Out Of The Brooder

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    Just curious, my chicks are in their run all day and protected against most predators but I believe a weasel could get through the top chicken wire if it tried. My concern is if they only hunt at night they should be fine because I put them in the coop every evening, but if they hunt at day they could get one, I hope not.. just curious if anyone can answer this?

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  2. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All predators are opportunists, weasels will kill for the sake of killing although not as bad as a mink. If you have a breach in your run cover it would be wise to pred proof it.
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, a weasel could get through your chicken wire, and would very likely kill more than one at a time, and will do so in the daytime. That being said, I'm not sure it's possible to keep your birds 100% safe 100% of the time. There are those who disagree with me, I know. But if you're going to free range or ever let them for for any length of time, there's always a chance that something might happen. Even those that are penned up all the time can get "got" by something. I guess I'd rather let mine run during the day (full grown birds, not chicks) and take my chances. I've learned not to stress over it too much. I do try to keep my chicks protected as best I can since they are more vulnerable to things like my barn cats.
     
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  4. todtrac

    todtrac Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your words of wisdom, I agree let nature take its course but hope for the best. My run is covered on top also. Will cats kill weasels?
     
  5. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    If any of my cats have killed a weasel, I haven't seen any evidence. Weasels can be pretty fiesty little guys. My dog will take one, but he's a 90-lb dog. He has a definite advantage!
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Yes, weasels will hunt and kill during the day. Some cats will kill weasels, but they are formidable opponents and it takes a gutsy cat to take one on. Get some small size Hav-A-Heart type box traps and set them along the outside of your run or coop. Weasels will work the perimeter of your pens trying to find a way in and will enter and trigger the traps.
     
  7. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I caught the one that killed my chickens in a live trap set inside my coop at 10 in the morning while I was working 5 feet away putting on a new door. It had been coming through a hole in the bottom of the door at night but this time it came through the open pop door--the chickens weren't in the coop, they were out free ranging. So yes, they will hunt 24/7.
     

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