One disaster after another...

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Athiena14, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. Athiena14

    Athiena14 Songster

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    So I thought losing one to cold was bad enough. Something broke into the coop. I thought I had all of the seams perfect but things prove me wrong. It almost makes me regret doing something home made. I fixed the issue and putting up a gametrail cam. I'm hoping the fox I had been trapping for during the winter didn't come up to the house. Any natural deturant? I mainly got feral cats which I can set up live traps if they are the issue. I'm down to 2 out of 5 I had left after the one died. It ate 3 of them last night or maybe one or two got away. There were feathers around.
     
  2. Theladiesandagentleman

    Theladiesandagentleman First world chickens

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    So sad. Sorry for the loss of your girls.

    :hit
     
  3. pvaldes

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    Can you move the two survivors to a box in the garage for a while?
     
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  4. oregonkat

    oregonkat Crowing

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    I am so sorry for your loss. I do understand how awful this feels. This does not sound like a feral cat to me. Were there just feathers left or some carcass too? Can you tell where the varmint broke in? If you are relying on chicken wire to defend your chickens you are going to be more disappointed. Raccoons, foxes, bear, weasels, bob cats, can all defeat chicken wire in some way or another. It is only useful for keeping chickens in, not keeping predators out. I dont know where you are located but you may need to invest in much stronger defenses. Make sure your coop is protected from underneath as well as from above and all the way around. Weasels can get into a space as small as two inches so a good quality hardwire cloth is always a good idea. Unfortunately, EVERYTHING loves to eat chicken, you just have keep trying to outsmart the beasts. Good luck. There are some really good articles on here about the best ways to defend your coop.
     
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  5. Athiena14

    Athiena14 Songster

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    I can bring them back inside the hatching room
     
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    jeria Songster

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    Sorry abut the losses, how are they getting in? Do you have hardware cloth on the ground to prevent digging?
     
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  7. Athiena14

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    I live in Missouri in the middle of it. We have raccoons, foxes, and feral cats. There were only feathers and a clump of feathers and skin. I found the spot. It was a weak spot between the two parts of the wire and I reinforced it so it wasn't weak.
     
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  8. Athiena14

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    I put the wire underneath too there's still space where they can scratch but if something digs underneath they have to deal with the wire.
     
  9. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    Put electric wire around your coop.





    I use a solar powered Parmak and it works great.
     
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  10. Athiena14

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    I could imagine my dog getting into trouble with that XD he doesn't learn
     

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