I have had unwelcome visitors in my run

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by citychickx6, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My run door was held shut with just a hook.
    For 5 mornings I found the hook undone.
    I thought perhaps I have been careless on the first morning. Finding it open five mornings in a row told me that there was a serious issue.
    (Don't worry my coop is VERY secure. NOTHING can get in the pop door from the run.)
    I installed a new latch and hook. Now the door can only be opened by unhooking a clip that takes dexterity and thumb strength, lifting the door and aligning a twist latch while pulling outward as well as undoing the original hook. I hung a cute metal rooster welcome sign on the door cause it makes noise if the door is moved.
    I heard the rooster sign rattling and ran out to check last night. One large raccoon went in a hurry over the chain link fence.
    Now I am extra glad I took all the BYC information to heart and built my run very secure as well as changing my swing pop door to one on a track that opens upward.
    I do think I would have been very upset if I had found my just now starting to lay hens dead in their own home.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Ha!!! You were one step ahead.
     
  3. Americana

    Americana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Horray! [​IMG]

    That would have been horrible if he got in!
     
  4. Marcymom3

    Marcymom3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great story! Good for you and your chickens!
     
  5. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great job protecting your chickens!!!![​IMG]
     
  6. Darlasmum

    Darlasmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eggcellent job at foiling that raccoon!!! [​IMG]
     

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