I am so angry...a rant. *UPDATE @ POST 13*

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by CMV, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    So, I lost a GSL about a month ago. She tended to wander, so it wasn't a complete surprise. I live in tough terrain with a ton of predators, so free-ranging is always a little sketchy, but the girls love it so much that I only allow them out when I am out, about, and usually running power tools all around them. They went into lock down after the loss, but after a month I thought they were safe. I finally let them all out again when I was going to be mowing, brush cutting, and chain-sawing all around their space. I thought they would be safe with all the noise and commotion.

    Wouldn't you know it... another one disappeared that day despite the fact I was constantly around them, running heavy equipment, with 2 dogs present. My other GSL, that tended to wander with the first one, was the one that disappeared. I knew where they wandered, which isn't on my land, but we have a very good relationship with our neighbors, so after the second disappearance I called the neighbors and asked if I could mow down part of their land in an effort to stop the predation.

    The neighbors were very agreeable, so I spent 3 days mowing down the hellacious thicket that had grown up between our 2 properties. I spent 3 days ripping out Tartarian honeysuckle, Multiflora roses, and Autumn Olive trees with the occasional Barberrry bush thrown in. All are invasive species in my area. 3 out of 4 are heavily thorned, and the 4th I am highly allergic to, so I need to use a respirator when dealing with it. Let me tell you how much fun it is to deal with this in 85-90 degree heat. After 3 days of dealing with these things I look like I was tossed into a sack with a handful of angry cats. I am exhausted, scratched all to heck, doped to the gills on Benadryl, but happy that my birds should finally be safe. I breathed a sigh of relief today, but still was watching my free-range ducks very closely (the chickens are still in lock down). The ducks have been okay up to this point because they are so shy and skittish that nothing can come near them.

    And despite all this work and my constant vigilance today... my favorite duck disappeared. What the [​IMG] !!! REALLY?!?!?

    I have had a terrible year. I have had feather pickers that I have been trying to combat all year. I have had a horrible rooster that I ended up culling. I have lost 62 meat birds in one night to a weasel. I have lost 3 birds to ground predators which I have never had to deal with before because the dogs usually keep them in check. Oh... and speaking of the dogs... they are the next item on the menu if they don't start doing their jobs!!!

    I am at my wit's end. I have never had such a frustrating year in poultry keeping as this one has been. I am not usually one to complain, but enough is enough! The chickens are in lock down and shall remain so for the remainder of the season. They are going to be very unhappy, but it beats being dead. The waterfowl... how do you market free-range duck eggs when the ducks need to be locked down for their safety? No more free-range duck eggs, I guess. That will be a hit to the pocket book, but not as much as dead ducks will be. They are also going to be all put out, but (again) not as much as they would be if they were... dead.

    Sorry for the rotten attitude, BYCers. I am just having a really bad couple of weeks. I needed to rant. I am done.

    Tomorrow is a new day.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2011
  2. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    [​IMG] It sounds like you are having a horrible year! I am sorry for your losses and I hope things get better soon. It is hard to protect your birds against a predator you can't see. [​IMG]
  3. cluckiemama

    cluckiemama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2010
    am so sorry to hear about all the losses. You are working so hard to make it safe for them. I hope it gets better!
  4. Memphisjourney2seramas

    Memphisjourney2seramas Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    I am so sorry! that is awful. My husband keeps saying he is going to camp out in the coop with his gun and shoot the stray cats that keep getting out little chickens. I am about ready to let him. He feels bad because they are the neighbors cats...but they dont feed them so they feed on our chickens! Hope it gets better for you.
  5. bgelber

    bgelber Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2009
    Athens, al
    sorry for your losses.
  6. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    Can you sit out there a couple hours with a book and a weapon and just see what happens? I know I've lost a young one while I was running the power tools. You can't hear them screaming. Whatever it is seems to have all the time in the world to wait around.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You've had a really crappy time of it, lately, Carrie. I'm sorry for all your troubles. [​IMG]
  8. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Darn Carrie, not to mention the accident with your hand earlier this year....sheesh! Too bad we dont live closer, I'd be happy to help you out. I'm used to clearing out thick brush and palmettos in 95 degree temps while fighting off the ticks, spiders and snakes lol ! Hang in there!
  9. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Take a little time, build a tree house platform is a nice big tree, clear back the branches, get a good book, load your rifle and spend a sunny afternoon playing predator sniper!
  10. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    I have placed an order this morning for a Conibear trap. I have never resorted to actively trapping predators before now. But I have also never had a predator so bold as to take birds right out from under the nose of myself and 2 dogs in broad daylight. The suspected culprit has been spotted only once, so I can't shoot it if I can't see it. I will catch it, though.

    I hope that fisher enjoyed my duck because it's going to be its last duck dinner.

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