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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by farmcrazy, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. farmcrazy

    farmcrazy Out Of The Brooder

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    Two questions.
    1.Can't a predator dig under a coop if it's not stationary.
    2.How do you keep your chickens safe from hawks when free-ranging.
     
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  2. buttercup95

    buttercup95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't completely understand the first question, but as for the second there are several ways to keep a hawk out and not all of them work for each particular bird heres a link

    Hawks and how to stop them!
     
  3. farmcrazy

    farmcrazy Out Of The Brooder

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    When you have something like a chicken tractor all ready for the night, wouldn't a fox or dog be able to dig underneath?
     
  4. buttercup95

    buttercup95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say yes, that's why chicken tractors with out a wire bottom should be used for daytime only and preferably when you're around to watch them.
     
  5. farmcrazy

    farmcrazy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks!
     
  6. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a chicken tractor with no wire bottom and a lot of coyotes and haven't had any problems.
     
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    buttercup95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe they'll be fine and you won't have any problems, then.
     
  8. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We also have racoons, no problem there either.
     
  9. buttercup95

    buttercup95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you own dogs? Sometimes just owning dogs can be a natural deterrent. Plus the question was would they be able to dig into the chicken tractor, and the answer to that is yes according to my knowledge of a fox's ability to dig.
     
  10. Joshua G

    Joshua G Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one dog, and it would be very easy for a predator to dig under my coop, they just have to dig underneath a 2x4.
     

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