Neighborhood cat again... Coyote urine as a possible deterant???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by SparksNV, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. SparksNV

    SparksNV Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    Spanish Springs, NV
    Our local nursery has "coyote urine" in a dry, shaker form that I could put along the top of the 6 ft fence. This is used to keep pest/pets out of gardens. However, I am not sure of how well a chicken can smell & if this would upset the chickens.

    Another idea, was to dissolve cayenne pepper in water to create a spray & spray on the fence up high. I sprinkled a bunch of the Havahart pepper stuff along the fence yesterday.

    Yes, my coop is predator proof - however, the run is too large to cover.

    What do you think?

  2. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

    Jan 17, 2010
    Wittmann, AZ
    Coyote urine would work, and nothing I've read says it will bother the chickens. BUT there's always one of those. It CAN attract coyotes!

    I had some dogs coming to my property, I put some meat out with exlax in it. No more of them dogs. Might be a start so they associate your place with a bad place for food that made em sick. ? IDK

  3. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Crowing 8 Years

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    I agree, predator urine may attract the predator whose urine it is. Also, I've heard cayenne can be dangerous, especially if kids are around and even cocoa mulch can be bad, especially to cats. But, then again, the cat shouldn't be in your yard. Have you tried mulching with orange peels or something with a strong citrus smell?
  4. rrgrassi

    rrgrassi Chirping

    Jun 19, 2010
    Royse City
    Feral or mean cats that come to my yard meet the trap, then the .22. End of problem until the next one shows up.

    I live out in the sticks, on a little 2 acre lot.
  5. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Quote:Out where you're at you'll draw every coyote for 100 miles to YOUR chicken coop. Hazing cats has never worked for me. All it accomplished was making the cats afraid of me, not my chickens. The cats would wait and only come around when I wasn't around. I tried setting dozens of mouse traps to haze. Didn't work. I've tried shooting near them, didn't work. I finally had to set a trap and SSS. This was after losing over 30 chickens to cats. (24 at the same time, killed for the fun of it) My one neighbor, who I know still has a cat, keeps pushing her luck. Her cat keeps coming over and leaving messes. ie: garbage strewn, crap in my flower beds, etc. Its only a matter of time, and she has been told I will, before I have to bury another one.
  6. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Songster

    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    If your chickens are large fowl adult birds then a cat really isn't going to be a threat. As for the coyote urine, it may or may not affect the cat but could attract coyotes. It shouldn't bother the chickens. Most birds have about a good a sense of smell as humans do, so while they can smell urine (particularly if it is strong) they may not notice it and wouldn't be likely to be able to distinguish it from cat or deer urine (not that you have deer in your yard, just an example of a harmless animal and most urine tends to smell the same to most people).

    Another idea is a sprinkler system with a motion detector. When the cat wanders into range, the sensor sets off the water works and the cat learns that that area is an unpleasant place regardless of the presence (or lack thereof) of humans, chickens, squirrels, etc. It works pretty well on dog owners who seem to think they can let their dog crap on your lawn and not pick it up too.
  7. Miltonchix

    Miltonchix Taking a Break

    Jul 14, 2007
    Milton, Florida
    Quote:Tell my dead chickens that!! [​IMG]

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