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Forgot to lock the coop.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by duckking, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. duckking

    duckking Songster

    Sep 2, 2010
    Cascade Foothills, WA
    Last night I forgot to lock the door to my coop. This morning I went to the coop I looked in my ducks and chickens coop THANK GOD [​IMG] everyone was ok. Do you think their could still be something in their that hasn't struck yet?????

  2. Moabite

    Moabite Songster

    Feb 24, 2010
    Wouldn't hurt to look around. Predator are like thieves, you could leave it open for a month and nothing happens, then one morning get up and nothing left.
  3. coloradochick

    coloradochick Songster

    Dec 19, 2007
    Brighton, CO
    [​IMG] Whew! A happy outcome [​IMG]
  4. duckking

    duckking Songster

    Sep 2, 2010
    Cascade Foothills, WA
    Where should I look for the predators in the coop and the surrounding area we have a lot of rats, raccoon river otters, minks/weasels and bobcats.
  5. chkn

    chkn Songster

    Jun 27, 2010
    I must have left my pen open for a year, we went on vacation for a week and then BAM. That was last year. In the old days, I figured as long as I'm here I can intervene. Well those predators know when you're not around.
  6. GeneJordan

    GeneJordan Songster

    Feb 6, 2011
    Arnaudville, La
    I never imagined a coyote out at night casing my coop, but it is something to consider.

    Glad all turned out well
  7. jmmre31

    jmmre31 Chirping

    Feb 5, 2011
    Front Royal
    We left our coop open last week for the first time...over night...by accident. I woke up to a very annoyed rooster. He was in the doorway crowing his head off. He wouldn't let any of the girls outside. So all I can think is they are all dead (all I can see is him crowing). I throw on my robe, run outside, and there they all standing behind the rooster giving him the stink eye. He refused to let a single hen out until I came and looked everything over. Then off he went on his day. He has been such a good rooster![​IMG] He's even nice to me and the kids.

  8. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    I grew up in the country. Dad never locked the chickens up in the coop. We would often go years without a predator strike, but with no warning, something would find them and have to be dealt with. And once something found them, it had to be dealt with. I remember one fox being real hard to get. We lost several chickens to her before Dad finally got a clear shot.

    Yeah, you were lucky. You just never know when they will strike.

    Definitely poke around in dark spots, in and under nests, in corners, and such, but I doubt anything made it in and stayed without doing damage. Look up in the top for snakes if it is warm enough for them to be active. If something dangerous were in there, the chickens would have probably been on the roosts away from it, not on the floor. Some things like skunks, possums, and snakes would maybe be after eggs more than chickens, but skunks and possums will harm roosting chickens.

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