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Has a bear ever bothered your chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ruffedgrouse, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. ruffedgrouse

    ruffedgrouse In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2011
    Central Pennsylvania
    Well the other night our chickens had a suprize visit from a mother a 2 cubs. I was worried about raccoons and hawks getting my birds but never thought of a bear. Well I'm really greatful that these bears did not get in but I don't know if they will be back.



    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011

  2. flitter

    flitter Songster

    We have bears. We are part of their regular circuit and when they don't find lots to eat they move on. We have a big male and a mother with cubs that visit us (not together) this year. I've seen them around our chicken runs but the runs have a couple of strands of electric fence wire all around the outside, especially for bears and coyotes. Good luck!
  3. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Indiana, PA
    WOW! We have had some sightings in our area but I haven't seen any (yet) So glad they didn't get your chickens, hope they don't come back! Great Pics though!
  4. mulewagon

    mulewagon Songster

    Nov 13, 2010
    Several people have posted here about bears getting into their coops - I gather it just depends on how much they want to get in! Hotwire seems to be a popular deterrent...
  5. mikensara

    mikensara Chirping

    Jun 16, 2011
    New York
    we had one wander down the driveway before we got chickens and i spotted one in the field up back behind the house. I have heard for the most part their diet consists of berries and pine cones and thats why bird feeders are a poplular choice. I think it also depends on the spieces you have in your area we have black bears and they are most active in the spring.

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