I don't get it....NOTHING attacks my chickens!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Peeper7, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. Peeper7

    Peeper7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, I've got hawks, coons, possum, and cats. Nothing has bothered my birds -- even the bantams. In summer we did have a coon rip a head off through the cage of one of my meaties, but no problem since. we did trap 4 coons.

    Don't be hard on me, my preference is not to have my bantams loose but at the moment I have a family emergency which has stopped my building plans for the birds for awhile.

    Last night took the cake. I went to the barn and there sitting up and eating chicken feed WITH the chickens AND the cats was a good size possum. It turned around and looked at me as if to say "hi" but it was not scared.

    Have I just been lucky? I'm sure that's the case but it is giving me a false sense of security. I will continue with predator-proofing as I build, but I find this all peculiar.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. SarahFair

    SarahFair Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2008
    Monroe, Ga
    The only thing I have had come after mine is the neighbors dog..
     
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    You have just been lucky...Oh my...
     
  4. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    When they are hungry enough, they will try testing your chickens. When they discover chickens taste good and don't fight all that well, its all over. Keep building.
     
  5. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    Sometimes we are lucky....4 years with chickens up north and in the second year here. Haven't lost anything to predators yet but the day is coming. I had a possum living beneath a barn until storm destroyed it (dropped two trees into it). Never had a problem with him.
     
  6. kcardella

    kcardella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, you have been lucky. I have lost chickens/guineas/ducks to raccoons (during the day), hawks (1 chicken when I first got them), and to foxes (guineas that do not come in at night). I also recently had the neighbors pit bull climb on top (4ft) my night duck pen and get through 1/2 hardware cloth to kill my entire (save 1) flock of ducks (9 were killed).

    My sister insisted she had no predators when she got 6 ducks, simply because she had not seen any. Of course, they eventually found her birds, and killed two. She now locks them up securely every night, and the free-range during the day. Unless birds are locked up 24/7 in VERY secure pens, they are suseptible to predators.
     
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Quote:With easy food the possum won't eat a chicken, when the food runs out there will be a problem. Possums are lazy and if there is food they'll eat it, when they get hungry and a chicken is available - they'll eat that.
     
  8. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't had anything attack my girls yet but I have an electric fence charger that I am gonna install anyhow. I'm gonna crank it up full power with hopes of frying anything that goes near my girls. I have opossums and coons but so far they havn't been a problem. [​IMG]
     
  9. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK
    Yep, I would have lost to the raccoons for sure if the electric fence had not been up and running. They tried and got fried! Twice that I know of. I figure my girls will get hit someday while they are free ranging.
     
  10. claud

    claud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say you are lucky.

    I've had possums sneak in the coop to eat the eggs but they never bothered any of my chickens. That being said I probably wouldn't trust a possum living with my chickens - chickens do little to protect themselves especially at night and might just seem like a warm chunk of meat to a possum.

    Your bigger worry is that if a possum can get to them so can other predators.
     

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