is nighttime the only time to really worry about?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by karmical, Aug 14, 2007.

  1. karmical

    karmical Songster

    Aug 3, 2007
    Honeoye Falls, NY
    I'm new to raising chickens and was wondering about predators (weasels and racoons and fox and such)....Do they mostly strike at night?

    Also....My enclosure is 6 feet high topped with bird netting to keep flying predators out. Am I kidding myself that they'll land on it and fly away (if they manage to untangle themselves), or do hawks rip through that stuff (it's plastic)?

    My girls are just 7 weeks old, and love being out in their enclosure. I'd like to let them be out there when I'm at work all day (I do close them in the coop at night), but I'm just a nervous wreck worrying there's some small opening I missed that a hungry critter might get through....

    Are they "safe" out there during the day? (Enclosure walls are hardware cloth from 6 inches below ground to 3 feet about ground....then 1 1/2" chicken wire up the next 3' up to the top.)

    Thoughts? Advice? Anti-worry medications you can recommend? [​IMG]
  2. lady chicken whisperer

    lady chicken whisperer Songster

    Aug 8, 2007
    Well you sound like youve secured your coop pretty well!!! [​IMG] I must say though, even though it is a little odd, predators do strike in the day. I had a fox problem last year, foxes in my yard at 3 in the afternoon. You will see by other posts that coons have also come out in the day time. Once again though, its not normal, but its not impossible. I really wouldnt worry though because your coop sounds like Id have a hard time getting in!!
  3. okiechick57

    okiechick57 Songster

    wow.nice sounding guarded coop you have ..... I have lost most of mine during the day......sorry to coyotes,cats,and hawks........ always a threat no matter what time day or night............just hope for the what you can.... and love them meanwhile.
  4. karmical

    karmical Songster

    Aug 3, 2007
    Honeoye Falls, NY
    Thanks to you both for the reassurance that it DOES at least sound like I've made it pretty secure for them [​IMG] I know you can't prepare for every possible harm...but how I wish you could!! I went home to check on them at lunchtime and they were fine...and they were all inside the coop anyways, so I closed their door for the afternoon.

    I know you're right do what you can and hope for the best...and loving them in the meanwhile is the easy part [​IMG] I'm actually amazed at how much I've attached to these little ladies. My friends and family think I'm nuts...glad to have found kindred spirits here though. Nice to know that there's a population of fellow "chicken-people" out there [​IMG] I used to think I'd get a dog as soon as I moved into my new house, but I got the chicks right away instead, and now I've lost all enthusiasm for a dog!

    got a sweet photo this AM....this is Ginger....


    Thanks again!
  5. Royicus

    Royicus Songster

    Jul 21, 2007
    Western Oregon
    Well, I think a big issue with attacks at night is that the chicken's can't see what is going on. During the day, at least they can usually see it coming.

    That said, chickens have been lost during the day, and during the night. The hawks are an issue during the day, as well as rogue dogs and such, possums and racoons at night.
  6. RoyalHillsLLC

    RoyalHillsLLC Songster

    Mar 5, 2007
    NW Louisiana-Vivian
    I have temporarily thrown my hands in the air and given up. I locked up my birds during the day that have been free ranging except at night. I lost one of my roosters yesterday. So far this summer I have lost about a dozen chickens, two ducks, and three guineas to predators, and all of them during the day for the last couple months.
    I am down to only four hens and a rooster, four ducks, and 1 guinea, plus a bunch of week old babies we ordered.
    I think it's coyotes but I am not sure. It is so hot my wife never goes outside and I work during the day so I am clueless what is getting them.
  7. DoctorGoose

    DoctorGoose Songster

    Jul 27, 2007
    Well, we lost one during the day a few months back--but we had a huge hole in our fence due to a windstorm. But now we've got the fence back up, hot wire all over the place, geese, dog, trap and gun! I can't wait to catch me a varmit!

    But yes, it does sound like your coop is very secure--ours were free-ranging inside our (fully)-fenced yard. [​IMG]

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