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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Alicorn Farm, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. Alicorn Farm

    Alicorn Farm New Egg

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    hey everyone just thought id introduce myself. i live in sadkatchewan Canada been on the farm for 20 yrs mainly raised horses and a few chickens. we recently left the farm in the southern prairies to start a new life homesteading off grid in the northern part of the province. northern sask is deep in the boreal Forrest so we are having to completely relearn how to farm. we started off up here with a very small flock of hens last yr only to loose them all to weasles within the first month. we are hoping to try again this yr and i would greatly apreciate any helpful advice folks would have on predator control or prevention
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. You may want to post on the predator threads and ask specifically for advice on dealing with the little vermin. I know they can fit thru very small spaces. We usually recommend 1/2" hardware cloth to replace all chicken wire etc. But in the case of weasels I would recommend1/4" hardware cloth.

    Your best advice may come from others in Canada who live with the problem and have to manage it somehow. You can subscribe to the "Canadians - check-in-here." thread.

    I would also suggest you have Livestock Guardian dogs that live with your chickens- once they are fully trained. Jack Russell terriers would be good after weasels but also probably get your chickens. If you have chickens put up in the coop, you could probably safely have JR's hunt at night.
     
  3. Alicorn Farm

    Alicorn Farm New Egg

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    thank you:) we do have quite a few dogs on the property ( 5 ) as bears cougars and wolves are common in our area. tho unfortunately our dogs are not chicken friendly. weve lost a few hens over the yrs to our pyraneese . ill definitely look into the other threads you mentioned for advice with my problem
     
  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. I hope that you manage to keep your future flock safe from all those critters up there!

    All the best
    CT
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft! Premium Member

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    There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around the run.
     

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