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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by peggym, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm


    We may be building a house this year. And unfortunately the chick and goat barns are going to be in a odd location to where the new house may be. Facing the wrong way, doors on the "back" of the buildings. Think long and hard before you build another building. I like the design of my chick shed. It still works well a few years later.


    I've seen that turkey video before. Cracks me up.

    Rancher. I am sorry about the set-up problems. We use chain llink dog kennel panels for the runs. I actually drive around a lot and look in people's back yards for them set up and looking unused. Stop by make an offer. No more then $75 for a complete setup. One I found free on the side of the road.
     
  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    It's not foxes nor bears I have trouble with it's the flying predators. If I were to electrify things I'd need to cover nearly and acre. The area where the hawk attacked is fenced in.
     
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    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    My yard is fenced in with stockade and chain link. What can one do about aerial predators? As previous stated those yelling goats would probably do the trick.
     
  5. Tough Old Bird

    Tough Old Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rancher,

    Look what I found based on an idea I had.

    Peafowl are a real option, supposedly, as is a well-trained dog of certain breeding.


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/304058/livestock-guarding-dogs-to-protect-flock

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/628005/best-guard-animal-against-hawks-besides-dogs

    http://www.anatoliandog.org/poultry.htm
    (My brother was considering one of these dogs; good article, even if you're not particularly interested, as it relates directly to free-range poultry protection.)


    Just some food for thought, Rancher.

    You'll think of something, don't worry. You seem very industrious and determined! [​IMG]


    TOB
     
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  6. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Well I am trying to design an exploding chicken decoy. I think there would be quite the market for such a thing. Why oh why wasn't I born rich instead of handsome. I've have money to build and market them.

    Can you imagine a hawk hitting a chicken decoy and having it explode? Imagine a fox grabbing a chickens and having it explode and knock all it's teeth out.

    I am though planning on planting fruit bearing shrubs around the yard. There is to much open space.
     
  7. Tough Old Bird

    Tough Old Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rancher,

    I don't know why the link(s) don't seem to work when i click on them from the thread. You might have to type them into your search engine, because I found them doing so.

    TOB
     
  8. Tough Old Bird

    Tough Old Bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hands down, my best laugh of the day! [​IMG] Yes, I CAN imagine it. Way too funny!! I imagine it would be incredibly effective, but probably would go over with consumer safety folks like a fart in church.

    TOB
     
  9. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    We have peafowl, they are in a covered pen and they aren't very loud. These makes honking noises, think goose, and an occasional call In spring. We are in a suburban area and there is no competition for him.

    We also have goats. They aren't very noisy either. There have been hawks and again this week I saw bobcat tracks next to the peafowl/pheasant pen. Nope. Only alternative is covering the run, we use wire fencing, and only letting them out when you can be around. It is a difficult situation to decide what to do. Lock them in and keep them ultimately safe or limit their outside time and be reasonably safe or let them out all day and only the strong survive. I suppose it is up to the individual. We are somewhere between.
     
  10. pharmchickrnmom

    pharmchickrnmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    TOB--my neighbors already know me as the crazy chicken lady who talks to her chickens and acts rediculous when predators are around and I scare the you know what out of them when I go out in my nightgown and rubber boots to let the cheeps out in the am (only when its warmer, not now).

    Rancher---I would love to invent exploding squirrel food as I hate those tree rats. Serves two purposes...gets rid of the theiving rats and the entertainment value is priceless.

    So I come home and try to use my microwave only to discover it has died. It was a montgomery ward over 30 years old and huge. I guess we have gotten our moneys worth out of it. Nobody makes them as good any more. Now I will have to go buy an energy efficient one. Since its down to dh and I, a smaller one will be okay I guess. Going to make that low calorie pound cake tonight! Oh---who turned off the heat outside?
     

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