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Predators in New River Valley of Virginia

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by critters, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. Does anyone live in the New River Valley Of Virginia?? More so
    on the Blue Ridge Parkway section near North Carolina....

    I am asking if you know what predators we have in this area??

    I live in Ararat, VA, 2 miles off the parkway and have had way too
    many guinea, duck and chickens killed or missing...some left
    behind with their heads off....or chunks bit out and left...
    I have 'lost' 8 chickens, around 22 ducks and 25 guineas.. [​IMG]

    Really unsure what is around and my spy-cam has only
    picked up a coyote once....so?? anyone know??? [​IMG]

  2. PeepsCA

    PeepsCA Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    BFE, CA
    Wow that's a lot of losses... do you coop/pen your birds at night? I think after loosing that many birds I'd have a coop that resembled Fort Knox!
    I'm not in your area, or even your state but here owls are the most commom predators that typically don't eat much of their kill... but to me chunks missing and heads bitten off sounds like it could be any combo of owls, raccoons and possibly minks or weasels. Larger predators tend to carry off their kill, leaving only a pile or trail of feathers [​IMG]

    Maybe this link will help you narrow down some of the losses?
  3. PeepsCA you always reply to my problems...thank you even though you don't live here in Virginia.
    I am a transplant from California myself.....

    I checked out that link...it was interesting, thanks!

    I have a guinea coop...and a chicken coop....
    half my guineas share the coop with my young muscovys and get along fine... am hoping to get
    all the guineas to move into the coop from their tree...we'll see! my misc.ducks and muscovys
    sleep at the pond but hope like last year they will stay closer to the house in some pens set up
    for them during the winter..

    just wish I knew what is getting so many of my birds...yesterday I lost 2 chicken hens...

    I think it goes in spells...might be safe for a week or so...
    Just trying to keep my eyes and ears open.

    Again, thanks for your input....
  4. leonphelps

    leonphelps Songster

    May 15, 2011
    Bucks County PA
    try nitegard. a cheap experiment that has worked for me. the cats even have not come to look in the coop for a while.
  5. Balefire

    Balefire Songster

    Apr 11, 2011
    Orwigsburg PA
    What's about to set a Wildlife cam up?
  6. livenwpeeps

    livenwpeeps Chirping

    Jun 6, 2011
    King William
    I live in Virginia but up north closer to Washington DC. and closer to the bay. My preditors are owls, hawks, bald eagles, foxes, dogs, coyotes, stray cats and vehicles. I haven't lost a guinea to preditors in about a year now but I also lock mine up in their coop at nights. The first year I had them, I lost the entire flock to preditors because they stayed in the trees at night. So I learned my lesson the hard way. Are the peditors getting into your coops or are these birds staying out at nights? Once a peditor finds an easy meal, they keep coming back. I'm sorry you have lost so many and hope you can figure out what is going on so you can stop them. Good luck.
  7. I have a wild life cam set up already...only seen a coyote and a couple stray dogs in it HOWEVER
    most of my losses have been during daylight here as of late especially. A handful of the ducks
    were 'lost' during the night hours. I also have solar animals where the eyes glow at night, close
    to and under the guineas' tree. Each coop has several solar lights for them too set up outside
    of them. I have had no losses from the coops themselves....

  8. livenwpeeps

    livenwpeeps Chirping

    Jun 6, 2011
    King William
    I had a hawk pounce on a guinea not more than 10 feet away from me and during the day. Scared the you know what out of me!! I ran at the hawk and tried to kick it to get it off of my lavender guinea. It took off before I could get a good kick in and I thought the guinea was dead because it never moved. Then it just popped up and went on it's way. It had some missing feathers but that was all I could find wrong with it. It's still with me but it has never been right since then. Kinda like a death wish. It plays in the street a lot.
  9. fizz

    fizz In the Brooder

    Oct 18, 2011
    NE Victoria, Australia
    It's still with me but it has never been right since then. Kinda like a death wish. It plays in the street a lot.

    Sounds like the run in with the hawk has made the guinea an adrenalin junkie! [​IMG]
  10. casuarius

    casuarius Songster

    Dec 21, 2009
    Im in NC, 35 mins from the VA border. Minks and Weasels are horrible for doing what you described, as well as coons and possums. I hear Coyote's often, but never lost anything to them. Since I put electric fence wire around all of my pens, I havent lost anything. Horned Owls are bad too, but will carry the birds off usually. Foxes and Coyote's will carry them off as well, you may see some feathers but wont find the remains in most cases. I would say you are having a Mink, Weasel, coon, or possum issue. The easiest way to tell what is coming in at night is to sprinkle flour or powder lyme around your pen lightly. You'll see foot prints in it the next day. You really need to concentrate on getting rid of whats coming around, go to tractor supply and get a cage trap, or the easiest way is to get some tuna or sardines and mix antifreeze in it...problem solved, just make sure you animals cant get to it.

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