fussy chickens, possible predators?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kemclaughlin, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. kemclaughlin

    kemclaughlin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens are very fussy and noisy. I know that noisy hens are normal, but they follow me around, and fuss over each other when they are in the coop laying eggs. Could there be a predator around or is this normal?
     
  2. auburn

    auburn Out Of The Brooder

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    This sounds normal to me, but I have really bossy girls who seem to think the only reason we'd be in the yard is to give them treats, hence constant following. [​IMG] How secure is your coop?
     
  3. kemclaughlin

    kemclaughlin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It does have some spots that need to be reinforced. None of my girls are missing though, so I was leaning toward snake, but I have never seen one.
     
  4. kemclaughlin

    kemclaughlin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That sounded like I don't care. My husband is going to reinforce the weak spots today, we just noticed it.
     
  5. auburn

    auburn Out Of The Brooder

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    No no, it didn't sound like you don't care! I certainly don't have a perfect coop, I'm in no place to judge anyone else's. XD

    Have to admit I'm not very familiar to the snakes in your state. Anything particularly dangerous? If smaller than the chickens then it's the one more likely to end up bitten...and eaten! [​IMG]
     
  6. kemclaughlin

    kemclaughlin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's a snake, it's likely to be a gopher snake, I think. I think that my eggs are disappearing, but I cannot be sure without a trap. I think we have rattle snakes in the mountains, but I live in the city.
     

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