Killing chickens!!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Poultryraiser, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Poultryraiser

    Poultryraiser In the Brooder

    Feb 15, 2008
    I have a problem with bobcats and
    skunks killing my chiken in the coop have any ideas!!!!!!!!! They just dig under or go through the wire!!!
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2008
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Songster

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    Other than predator-proofing your run and coop, there is not much else you can do. Secure it like fort knox.

    Sorry bout your loss [​IMG]
  3. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    What kind of coop/run setup do you have?
  4. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    How are they getting into the coop?
  5. countryboy

    countryboy Songster

    Oct 31, 2007
    i think the first step would be to find out how the predators are getting into the coop and fix that or those problems. a description of your coop and pictures of your coop would get you better answers from everyone here on the forum.
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Attach some wire or hardware cloth to the bottom of the fence and lay it out at 90 degrees from the fence either along the top of the ground or dig down a few inches if you don't want it to show.
  7. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    Quote:Electric fencing, burying your fence below ground, a shotgun. Take your pick. I use all 3.
  8. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    normally bobcats dont go on killing sprees alot they normally kill one and come back everyday for a meal.
    hope you get your coop safe
  9. Kaneke

    Kaneke Songster

    someone else on another thread suggested getting a dog

    (my feeling, that would work pretty well)

    I might also suggest, get motion-sensor lights (assuming from what I know about bobcats and skunks, that they'd prefer to poach in darkness)

    bobcats are generally pretty shy (used to own a bobcat cross); they like quiet, privacy, and darkness, don't like being exposed

    might not work as well for skunks ... some people say that a line of mothballs around the perimeter of property will keep skunks away

    another idea, can you rig up a sprinkler to go on, along with the motion-sensor light ? both bobcats and skunks dislike getting wet ... I think there is a pest-repelling sprinkler on the market ...

  10. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:Rooster-red, is this as effective as digging down a foot? If it is I will save the extra effort of the digging and bring it out at a 90 degree angle about a foot. Thanks.

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