Fox and Long Tailed Weasel

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jgarzasr, May 21, 2008.

  1. jgarzasr

    jgarzasr In the Brooder

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    We moved our (7)Chicks out to the coop last week. It is a nice sturdy coop - so we are not too worried about anything getting at them while in there. But I built a small run - not real sturdy - because I meant for it to keep them in - not any predators out during the day. We also let them free range while we are at home - which seems to make them happy.

    Well Yesterday - my wife was on the patio - and our dog started barking - He is kenneled up about 20' away from the coop. She looked and there was a Fox checking out the Chicks - but the dog scared it away. This was in the afternoon around 3:00 PM

    Then this morning - I opened the coop to let them outside in the run - and a while later the dog started barking again - this time it was a long tailed weasel heading for the chicks - but the dog scared it away.

    I thought these predators came out at night! I now plan on getting some materials and build a nice sturdy run...... Any suggestions on size for seven chickens to be happy while in there? And do these predators usually prowl during the day?
     
  2. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Songster

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    Fox generally come at out dusk & dawn, but we have had them come for lunchtime too. Once they see an opportunity (especially now when many have kits), they can be persistent.
     
  3. Sherry

    Sherry Songster

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    'tis the season to feed babies.
     

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