Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by midget_farms, May 26, 2008.

  1. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois



    We went away for the weekend & couldn't get anyone to close the coop for us. I left plenty of food & water, more than usual (3 full feeders) I only have 5 chickens so not a bunch needed.

    I lost a chicken last week to a coon so just before leaving I ran an electric wire around the top of the fence.

    It must not have worked. We came back today to find only the rooster was still alive. He had flown the coop & was loose in the woods. The rest were eaten or headless.


    This won't happen again.
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Oh, how horrible! Sorry about your birds...
  3. tnkinhunting

    tnkinhunting Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2008
    East Tennessee
    I am really sorry. I have a horror of something getting into my chickens.
  4. CrowinKing

    CrowinKing Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 29, 2007
    I'm sorry to hear that!!!
  5. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    I set the live trap, & I reinforced the ground wire on the fence. I was assuming the fence itself would be grounded & a coon on the fence touching the wire would get shocked. Not so. I ran a new ground wire completely around the fence ensuring the fence netting itself is directly grounded to the fence charger.

    I also did the grab test. The coon will now be shocked if he is touching the hot wire & my fence.
  6. equine chick

    equine chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2007
    How horrible, so sorry.
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    [​IMG] Oh no!!!

    I'm going away soon for four days - And here I was thinking I could leave the coop open to the run...... I better think that one over!
  8. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I am so sorry for your loss. It would be so devastating to come home to that terrible sight.

    I'm glad you got your fenced fixed now for your future chickens.
  9. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    I've talked with my wife about putting a net over the top. I think that will happen this week & I will go to the auction on Friday to get more birds.

    This sucks because I can't usually get pure breed birds at the auction unless they are worn out layers.
  10. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Sorry for your loss. [​IMG]

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