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Keeping predators away - DOES THIS REALLY WORK???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by PDS3, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. PDS3

    PDS3 In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2016
    Hi again everyone, [​IMG]

    I was looking through this section and I wanted to know if anyone has tried these methods to protect their chickens and do they really work? Because if they do EVERYONE should know about them! Below are some ways to protect your chickens from predators.

    1. Putting kitty litter around the chook pen. I have heard that cats scare away snakes, and someone told me that this is a good way to protect my chickens from them.

    2. Keeping guinea fowl. Guinea fowl keep away snakes. Ok, I know this one works ([​IMG]) but if anyone knows anything to add please say so!

    3. Alpacas. I also know this one works, but alpacas keep away foxes. (does anyone know how? Or why?)

    4. Hanging old CD's. The light reflects off of it and it scares away predators. I think.

    The next one is really obvious but anyway...

    5. Get a rooster. Ok I don't think I need to explain this one.

    6. Get electric fences. These will surely keep all of the creatures out...and in.

    7. Use guard dogs. These will protect your hens (if the dogs are friendly).

    8. Lock up the hens at night. Most predators come out at night but if the ladies are safely locked up they should be fine.

    9. Make sure that your fences go at least 20cm under ground so that predators cannot dig underneath.

    10. Know the predators. If you know the predators in your area you will know exactly what you are dealing with and ways you can stop them attacking.

    11. Cover the roof of your coop. If the roof is covered flying predators like owls can't get to your flock.

    12. Make the coop more visible. If the predator is visible they will feel WAY more venerable.

    13. Block all holes. This will stop small predators (mainly pests) entering.

    14. Often check your hens health. Just make sure that they are ok.

    15. Clean the coop, water and food. Make sure everything is clean so that predators will not be attracted by food and places to hide.

    16. Collect eggs DAILY. A lot of predators will break into the coop to eat eggs, so if there are none your hens will be safe and sound.

    17. Uhhhhh, I don't know anymore! [​IMG]

    If anyone has anymore please tell me, so that I can add it to the list!

    Thanks everyone and I hope this helps you out,

    PDS3 [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2016
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  2. Sandy001

    Sandy001 In the Brooder

    Oct 15, 2016
    MIddle TN
    Mothballs seem to really help with snakes. I just got chicks in May this year and when I moved them from the brooder at 5 weeks old to the chicken house and with in two weeks four 5 foot chickens snakes made their way to the chicken house, two in one day. Thank goodness I renovated the old chickens house with snakes in mind as I live on a old dairy farm with many old builds and such. The snakes didn't get in the house put where on the under eves of the house and were dealt with if they didn't cooperate with the relocation process. I haven't see a snake now for months with the mothballs places on the ledge of the eves of all four corners of the chicken house. I placed the entire bag of mothballs up under the eve ledges where they don't get wet..
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  3. I read fishing line strung across your open run helps keep arial predators out.

    As far as #15 goes, I collect my food every night.

    And for #5, unfortunately roosters also can succumb to predation. [​IMG]

    And #4 Hanging in the door way keeps crow or raven from going inside the hen house and stealing eggs, where I bought my goats.

    There are many day time predators and I think lots of human activity keeps them away as well. Like yard work or gardening.

    # 6, Love electric fences, but does nothing for digging predators such as opossum, mole, weasels or whatever lives under ground in your area.

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