Same Old Coyote problem!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BuffOrpington22, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. BuffOrpington22

    BuffOrpington22 In the Brooder

    Dec 11, 2010
    Klagetoh Arizona
    Today I just had another attack on my chickens. It's been two months since I've witness a coyote attacking a chicken and Yesterday it happen again. A coyote mauled a red cochin bantam hen in front of the hen house and I seen it carry off a black hen in it's mouth going across the road running. This really upsets me to the point where I don't know what to do anymore. It's been two months since my chickens were free ranged and I didn't have this problem til now. What should I do? I hate and I mean hate keeping my chickens cooped up but I believe I don't have a choice right now. Please any solutions would help right now. I feel so helpless and I care for my birds. This coyote is going to be another problem yet again I wish and I hate saying this but I wish there would be more trappers I don't have problems with dogs but just coyotes. My dogs are so dumb I'm really thinking about just giving up on them it's been five times now that they just watched a coyote come up to the hen house and not bark or at least attempt to chase it away. I'm really rethinking about getting different guard dogs and these two dogs are huge strays that I kept and saved but they are just not working for me I don't want to see them leave but I can't seem to get over the fact they don't even chase the coyotes away. They chase dogs and bark at the horses but won't chase coyotes it's very upsetting. I might just have to give them up and agree with some of the people who have respond earlier about getting rid of the dogs if they are just going to watch a coyote steal chickens. So please info and help would be helpful. Be brutally honest I don't mind. -Lance Baker Arizona

  2. The reluctant chicken

    The reluctant chicken In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2011
    Litchfield County
    We've had coyote problems for several years. A few years ago, it took them 2 years to find my chickens. I didn't have chickens for a few years, then recently Someone gave me some roosters because they couldn't keep them in their residential area. Took them home, left them in the coop for a few weeks so they knew where they lived, let them free range and within 1 wk lost all of them to coyote.
    We decided to get our first pullets, but built a run. They only free range when we are outside right by them. My dog, a Bichon mix, did chase a coyote last week from right over the ridge near the chickens. I wish I could let them free range, but can't. I have a smaller dog, who alerts us to predators..she won't chase them, but the chickens know enough to run and hide when they hear either one of the dogs bark and run.
    I also keep my shotgun close by...just in case.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    We have coyote problems right here in central phoenix. And they are difficult to trap....
  4. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I call them here at the farm.

  5. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Quote:not with snares at crawl unders look for fur on the bottom of your fences hang a snare easy peasy fox are just as easy
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2011
  6. joneus

    joneus Songster

    Apr 2, 2011
    Ballston Spa
    Its kinda gross, and I dunno that it'll help, but a friend of mine pees around the perimeter of his property whenever the coyotes start getting too brave around his house. My brother told me he does that if he kills a deer and cant get it to the truck right away. Both swear that male human urine keeps the coyotes away.

    Good luck finding a solution!
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Your dogs may have experienced and survived a coyote attack. If hungry enough they will try to lure your dogs away so that they can kill and eat them. Snares or shoot them. Many times shooting one family member will educate the rest.

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