I have had it!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by 9farmgirl9, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. 9farmgirl9

    9farmgirl9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Every nest my guineas hae been invaded and eatin. They have had a total of..............28 nests! And i only have 9 hens. I dont no what but it is probably a oppsum or a coon. Maybe a skunk.....but i hope not. Well what ever it is it has eating every nest. So since i wanted to hatch eggs and sell eggs----and every nest was disapearing i pinnedthem in the front yard with my chickens. And they made one nest right by the hen house then when a hen started setting they made another by th fence in a bush. Well i candled her eggs 2 days ago they were all fertile....but one baby died. So that made 16 eggs, Then this morning. I went out there and something had killed and ate 6 of the babies! [​IMG] [​IMG] and the were so close to hatching [​IMG]. I put them in the yard to prevent that. Both of the hens were fine though. So tonight i am goig to watch the nest. Idk what i'm going to do. Tell me what you think about this idea i have or if you have any suggestions.

    My idea: When i close my chickens and guineas in at dark i will take the eggs with babies and put them in the bator----then put rotten eggs in the nest. Just in case. Then ill put a small fence around mama guinea. Then i have a bunch of pins i wil put a pin open with some eggs in it. I will watch from the front porch or kitchen window. Then when the animal goes in i will shut the door. And depending on the time go get my dad or wait till morning and shoot it. I hope its a oppsum. Raccoons are agressive. But a oppsum easy to handle. The pins are long enough that is can safetly shut the door they are about 9ft long.
     
  2. noitulover

    noitulover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    sounds like you need a more secure coop/run... whatever is getting them has it easy.
     
  3. 9farmgirl9

    9farmgirl9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They aren't getting in the coop or run? There is just a fence around my entire yard. There are 2 nests in the yard all the others were in feilds in bushes.
     
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  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Incubator- collect and incubate-
     
  5. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even if you catch this predator there will be another to come along in its place. You have to have your animals in a secure pen or you will lose some.
    sharon
     
  6. 9farmgirl9

    9farmgirl9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I am terrible at incubating!
     
  7. noitulover

    noitulover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the nests aren't in a secure, enclosed area, whatever it is will keep getting to them.
     
  8. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Quote:I am terrible at incubating!

    Get a rabbit hutch and make them lay/set there?
     
  9. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was going to suggest a rabbit hutch too, otherwise you have just put out a buffet for whatever happens by. So sorry for your trouble.
     
  10. 9farmgirl9

    9farmgirl9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only have one hutch and its got my peas and keets in it. And if i moved her she wouldn't set.
     

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