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Keeping my chicks safe

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by delmy, Jul 23, 2017.

  1. No! They'll die soon.

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  2. Stop worrying! Everything will be okay.

    33.3%
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  1. delmy

    delmy Hatching

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    Okay so, recently we had a raccoon attack. We had 8 chicks and i turkey. Not big, the chicks were medium sized still having feathers. The turkey was still developing. But the chicken house wasn't so secure. The raccoon had, killed or ate them 6 of them including the turkey sadly... but two were left. We secured the house a bit more and left the rest, 2 , in the house. But the next day they were gone, and there was blood on the floor.
    We recently bought 7 baby chicks. We secured the house as much as we could, we have a plastic fence around the house. The house has around 4-5 locks. And we have think wire, with many small squared, the door has, 2 layers of thick wires. And small windows with the same wire we had on the deceased chicks, but 2 layers too, and we nailed a lot of nails inside. We also have a small light inside the house in order to keep them warm. Are my chicks safe? Please include any details, I dont wanna go through the sadness of them all being killed. I cant afford an electric fence. What are somethings i can use in order to scare the raccoon away?
     
  2. What size is the wire? Raccoons can pull birds through chicken wire, so you'd need something smaller
     
  3. delmy

    delmy Hatching

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    The distance of the inside of the square is 1/2 an inch, the holes are small
     
  4. Do you know how the raccoon got in, in the first place?
     
  5. delmy

    delmy Hatching

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    The raccoon had pulled apart the weak wire we had before, we bought a stronger one, and put double layers in the door and windows.
     
  6. You should be ok then. Have you pulled on the wire to see how strong it is? If it doesn't seem like it'll budge then it's should be fine
     
  7. delmy

    delmy Hatching

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    Its extremely hard to pull apart, but so was the last one. Do you think the 2 layers protect it even more? Would the light inside the house scare away the raccoon? We were able to get rid of the raccoon also, but they're other raccoons out there also
     
  8. HenOnAJuneBug

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    How do you have the 1/2" wire cloth fastened to the wood?
     
  9. delmy

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    The 1/2'' wire is fastened by a bunch of nails we drilled on the wire through the wood
     
  10. HenOnAJuneBug

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    nails or staples? Best to use heavy staples on that stuff, or use washers with nails/screws.

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