Predator deterrents?? What are people using??

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mikeinri, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. mikeinri

    mikeinri In the Brooder

    Nov 8, 2011
    North Smithfield, RI
    I have been reading these posts about people finding their animals dead. What are the alternatives to prevent these disasters?

    I just ordered an IP cam that should be fun. I have netting overhead to stop the hawks. My fencing is just light wire. Any animal can go under it.

    I have a radio on in the coop and a light. This I’m thinking should deter wild animals but not a dog that is used to people. Luckily I’m not in an area with a lot of dogs or should I say dogs with irresponsible owners.

    Electric fence? I want to increase the area so I would just be taking down again.

    What are people using? [​IMG]

    A shotgun and a cam giving me alerts is the best idea I have.

    Last edited: Nov 19, 2011

  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Big dogs inside perimeter fencing. I've not had any predator problems in the past 6 years with this solution.
  3. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

    Jan 27, 2007
    Consider a cheap $20.00 baby monitor. Ours has lasted 6yrs (Safety First). If we are home and the chooks are growling and/or turks giving out soft yelps (and if we don't hear one of the traps slam shut pretty quick) then it is spotlight and rifle time. No nighttime losses, yet.
  4. The Burg Peeps

    The Burg Peeps Chirping

    Jun 9, 2011
    Also simply spreading human hair clippings (ex:from an electric shaver) around the parameter of the area will also deter many ground predartors. A large dog would be your best bet I would think... also depends on your surroundings.
  5. The Sheriff

    The Sheriff Crowing

    Jun 17, 2009
    Northern CA
    I use two of these during the day:


    And two of these at night:


    I have three coops and all are locked up tight at night. The donkeys patrol the property at night. They hate coyotes and stray dogs.

  6. gpwelding1

    gpwelding1 Chirping

    Oct 10, 2011
    upstate south carolina
    i use live traps baited with a mixture of peanutbutter and cat food.and a .22 pistol.
    tractor supply co. has a deal on live traps.for $36 you get a large trap and a small trap.
  7. mikeinri

    mikeinri In the Brooder

    Nov 8, 2011
    North Smithfield, RI
    Quote:I'm a fan of yours. Love the boys and your vids of them! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I didn't think of the other guys as guard donkeys.
    Your fencing doesn't look that high. Do the boys ever hop over it?
  8. TDM

    TDM Songster

    LGD inside electric poultry netting.

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  9. mikeinri

    mikeinri In the Brooder

    Nov 8, 2011
    North Smithfield, RI
    wow [​IMG] now thats a house on wheels.

    Do they have cable TV? [​IMG]

    How many do you put in one tractor?

    My home is 8'x20'.

  10. TDM

    TDM Songster

    Quote:They are 8' x 16' mobile hen houses built on old hay wagon running gears. Ideally they are designed at two square feet per bird, or about 65 hens per house. In reality, these birds like to huddle together on the roosts, so that a popular house will contain about 80 birds, which is about 1.60 square feet per bird. The least favorite house will be sparsely populated, with the chickens huddled together on just a few roosts. Each house contains roosts, food, water, nesting boxes and were built nearly identical.

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