Poultry Predator Identification

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ml, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. RoyalHillsLLC

    RoyalHillsLLC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2007
    NW Louisiana-Vivian
    Your supposition is very possible, but your statement about about the wire running thru overhead trees sent up a red flag to me about raccoons. I would check the wire very closely.
  2. RockRidge

    RockRidge Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 20, 2008
    macungie pa
    Thank you, we now know that we are probably dealing with a raccoon:/
  3. luvv4life

    luvv4life Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 10, 2009
    Salida, CO
    After reading all this, I have made the decison to go overboard on the cloth. I'm sure we'll be battling MOST of everything on the predetor list where we live.
    One thing I have not seen on the list is bears. Do bears like chickens or eggs? I don't know how to keep out a bear if it REALLY wants in!
    Does anyone have llamas? I was wondering if a Llama would be a good deterent of unwanted guests. I want to let my chickens free range while I'm outside, but now I'm afraid of loosing them! I'm thinking the llama would be a good idea. Any thoughts? Anyone tried this before?
  4. KrisRose

    KrisRose Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2007
    Davison, MI.
    luvv- look up Panner123 and read his posts on dealing with bears. Alot of information.
    I've heard the presence of large animals can scare away predators but it so far has not been my experience. Perhaps a more aggressive animal then my gelding. When he's eating he would'nt even see the bear about to take a chunk out of his hindend [​IMG].
  5. mominoz

    mominoz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2009
    North Georgia
    The other predator I think they missed are possums. We killed 2 possums , one huge one, big as a small dog, when we used to have chickens. We had a 5 foot fence around our coop on stilts and I got lazy about putting a hatch over the hole into the coop because we hadn't lost any chickens , till fall. Then we would lose one or two , find them with their necks or heads only bitten off. Everyone said possums didn't kill chickens. We later shot 2 possums in the coop , after we got geese and the "goose alarm' would go off as our kids said, and we had the gun handy, This was like 15 years ago , before automatic chicken doors....
    Sadly, we lost the geese to 2 raccoons working together, also before I knew about having a night house for geese.[​IMG]
  6. Dulcijean

    Dulcijean Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 11, 2008
    Bel Air, Maryland
    I too had a possum kill a chicken on two separate times. Both times we heard the comotion and caught the possum in the act. My husband beat it with a baseball bat.

    I can't let my girls free range because of the red tail hawks. We already had one nasty attack. The chicken mad it, but lost an eye.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2009
  7. jandmeg07

    jandmeg07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2008
    Cheboygan, MI
    We've found that the best way to prevent predators from coming into the yard is offensive tactics. A very protective Aussie and Doberman. With the smell of the dogs out there, we have no problems....especially with the Dobe as he is a pure protector.


    Mar 28, 2009
    had the possum thing happen to me tonight - lost 6 bantam chicks. hope she enjoyed her last meal - she's just *dying* for dessert now. seems she doesn't like 9 shot too much. time to reinforce my defences.
  9. JerseyGiant

    JerseyGiant Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 2, 2008
    Quinlan Texas
    Excellent Article.
    You answered several questions, including one I had from childhood.
    We had a Dominiker Hen, as well as all her chicks, get their intestines drug out one night. We had a year old German Shepherd in the yard and he got the blame, even though he never chased or touched them in daylight. I guess it was still somewhat his fault for not getting the predator.
    Last edited: May 2, 2009
  10. Rosecomb-Ryan

    Rosecomb-Ryan East Indie Crazed

    Apr 12, 2008
    Sacramento CA
    Egggcellent ML!

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