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how can i stop racoons and opossums from coming close to my coop

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by narwhal master, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. I have a small clutch of layer chickens and I really don't want to lose any to coons or opossums any Ideas how to stop them from coming to near the coop
     
  2. would a bright light scare away some [​IMG]
     
  3. Majd

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    The best and most affective way is to set electrical wires round the coop... that way you can make sure nothing can even think about interning the coop... and a light MAY scare them a bit but won't stand in their way in.. trust me...
     
  4. thanks, but would I be able to save money by only running it at night to stop the nocturnal critters
    like coons?
     
  5. Majd

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    Yeah... only from late evening till 8 in the morning
     
  6. okay thanks I will try that
     
  7. Majd

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    And try to make sure no stray dogs can get them during the day... keep ur eyes and ears opened. .. good luck..
     
  8. there are dogs and stray cats but my girls are not free range and I don't think even the tiniest cat could fit through the chain link fence.


    but I will keep an eye out and scare any cats or dogs i see near the coop. thanks
     
  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging 8 Years

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    Using electricity only at night will not save much money and will increase odds power will be left off when needed. Consider using a solar powered charger. Placement wires critical for system to be effective. Done properly you should be able to repel very motivated dogs as well which will be usually a daytime occurrence.
     
  10. I never thought of using solar energy thanks I will try using it.
     

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