Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by johndeerematt, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. johndeerematt

    johndeerematt Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2013
    Adams, nebraska
    What sort of pests do you have to watch for with chickens?
  2. luvmychixandducks

    luvmychixandducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Danvers, Massachusetts
    Vermin like mice and rats altyhough not usually seen as attacking chickens certainly can be classified as pests that raisers must deal with-
    Mites are certainly pests if you're a bird....
    Snakes that eat eggs are pests to be concerned about...
    Flies, that are attracted to manure are pests for those of us who do not appreciate flie and their maggot life stage ....
    Sparrows and starlings are not direct predators for chickens but their presence can negatively impact the health of a flock by spreading disease as they steal food placed out for the laying hens....
    All of the above can be considered pests without having them attack and kill a chicken directly.
    I'm certain I've missed a whole lot of 'pests' that while not a direct and immediate threat to our birds, make raising poultry a challenge.

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