Predators during the day?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ChestnutRidge, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in an area with everything: raccoons, skunks, opossums, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, birds of prey, snakes, and black bears (although I have no idea if they will be a problem), not to mention domesticated cats and dogs. I've done what can with my coop to make it as tight as possible, but now I am planning my run.

    What predators are most likely to attack during the day? What experiences have you had with daytime losses?

    Thank you for your help!
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2011
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    All of the above will attack during the day - not to mention the hawks! I haven't had any daytime losses for a long time, but I live in the country with lots of wildlife available for my potential chicken predators to eat.
     
  3. Equus5O

    Equus5O Chillin' With My Peeps

    the bears slaughtered my flock between 7 and 8 am.
     
  4. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That's awful. [​IMG]

    I grew up in Jersey. Are you in north Jersey? I saw many black bears when I lived there. They hunt them here, so they are more timid, but there are some up behind the house. Hmm. What did they tear though to get to them?
     
  5. Equus5O

    Equus5O Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:That's awful. [​IMG]

    I grew up in Jersey. Are you in north Jersey? I saw many black bears when I lived there. They hunt them here, so they are more timid, but there are some up behind the house. Hmm. What did they tear though to get to them?

    Northwest (Warren County). Tore the door right off the coop, from the hinge side.
     
  6. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my gosh. Nothing you can do about that...
    The bears up there are so used to people. My aunt had one eating out of her birdfeeder right outside the kitchen window, maybe six feet from the house.

    I am so sorry about your chickens! [​IMG] I mostly grew up in central Jersey, but I lived in Jefferson for a few years as a kid and my parents are from the Totowa/Passaic area.
     
  7. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    I had a fox take 2 chickens at around 2pm. They get bold after a while.
     
  8. newchickmom

    newchickmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fox tend to get brave and hunt in broad daylight. That was his mistake! I lost close to 50 chickens over the winter. Now there are 2 less fox and have not seen another one or missed any more chickens for 2 months.
     
  9. akcountrygrrl

    akcountrygrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Imagine my surprise as I am sitting at the kitchen table sipping on some coffee at 10 a.m. on a Saturday morning watching the chickens scratch around the backyard and a fox pops over the 4 foot chainlink fence like it's nothing. He didn't get any that day but had killed 14 while I was at work one day earlier in the week. All of them were inside the chainlink fence.
     
  10. mikensara

    mikensara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lost 2 amerucanas and 1 tetra tint today. cleaned the coop and set them loose and forgot about them for few hours only 10 were in the coop waiting to be fed and shut in for the night. Thinking it was a bold fox never heard a thing.
     

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