I have a major predictor problem please help me

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Mrsroeder2012, Dec 13, 2013.

  1. Mrsroeder2012

    Mrsroeder2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2012
    My Coop

    I have a bad predictor problem and they are eating my chickens and digging hole in the ground under my coop and every time I cover them, they keep makeing new ones, I'm not happy about this and don't know what to do about it....... I need this to stop if u have any ideas on what to do or what it is so I can fix it, tell me :D here are some pictures of what I have thank you [​IMG]
  2. Ramblin Rooster

    Ramblin Rooster Hatchaholic

    Apr 14, 2012
    Fairfield, Connecticut
    First of all. I'm so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]Many chicken keepers lose their first couple chickens, but don't be discouraged, you can get a handle on controlling predators with experience from fellow BYCers.

    Second, that is most definitely a mink problem. [​IMG]They are very small, and dig holes just like that. They also eat organs and the insides of the chickens just like that. What we do if bury 6 inches of hardware cloth all around the perimeter of the coop and run. Then cover ALL small holes, because they can squeeze into holes the size of a quarter. You can set mouse traps and put out poison, as long as chickens, kids, and pets cannot get to it, because that can help control minks. Minks are terrible predators because of how they basically 'hollow out' your chickens and can get into small holes. Usually there aren't many of these, so if you can catch one in the act and put a bullet through its head you may not have any more problems.

    Hardware cloth all around is definitely very important. Make sure its the kind with 1/2" or 1/4" holes so they can't squeeze through. Chicken wire won't work!

    Good luck getting rid of this terrible pest.[​IMG]
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    If attacks at night a trap can be baited with a carcass with entrails intact. For short term move birds if practical.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    An wire mesh apron is better for deterring diggers, attached to the bottom of the coop and/or run wall and going out 1-2 ft.
    If you bury the wall down 6 inches, or even a foot, many will just dig down and under it, but when they start to dig at the base of the wall and hit mesh, they don't know to back up a foot or more and start digging, and will quickly get discouraged and leave.

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