- Sep 21, 2012
They love the sewers, under sheds, in dense brush, in your attic, just about anywhere they can fit. And you can bet there's at least 5 more to the 1 you see.
OMG! What part of the world do you live in? What time of the year? Was it spring time when they are having pups?I'll be honest. Free ranging them is always a risk. I let my girls out one day around 10am, and 2 hours later a fox came in broad daylight and killed them all.
Amen! Everything eats chicken...but everything doesn’t taste like chicken! Lol!Chickens dont "free range" at night.
They go to roost and are unmoving until morning light.
Leaving the door unlocked puts your birds at great risk, and has no benifit side EXCEPT you get to sleep in longer.
Maybe look into an auto door. Some folks like them.
Chickens are defenseless at night. And to be honest there only defence during the day is run and hide.
Remember, everything eats chicken.
Amen! You are so right! They are the absolute worst when it comes to chickens! We had problems at our house before we even owned chickens!!They love the sewers, under sheds, in dense brush, in your attic, just about anywhere they can fit. And you can bet there's at least 5 more to the 1 you see.
They follow the town drain pipes in our town. One night earlier this year when our chicks were about 7 or 8 weeks old I had them outside on our screened in porch off of our laundry room for the afternoon while I cleaned their brooder pen in the house inside the laundry room. Well that night not long after we had gone to bed maybe an hour we hear a clang and our door knob being messed with but our security alarm did not go off because the lock was not completely disengaged. However my husband had heard the ruckus sooner than I for once as well as my dog. I was exhausted from the heat that day and had passed out. It turns out the culprit was a boar coon larger than our two dogs out together trying to get inside and get to my chicks. Now that is ballsy. My husband grabbed his 22. Rifle and I grabbed my 38. I didn’t know what or who was trying to break in but he chased him around our backyard but couldn’t get a safe shot in our neighborhood. It is rural but not that rural for a small town. They are obnoxious and not scared of anything. I have had three huge coyotes that came to our back gate which weren’t that brave to come I. And climb up the 12 stairs over our in ground pool and up to our porch door.They love the sewers, under sheds, in dense brush, in your attic, just about anywhere they can fit. And you can bet there's at least 5 more to the 1 you see.
It's just a matter of time and opportunity for the raccoon to decide it likes the taste of chicken better than the other alternatives.We're seeing a fat raccoon in the chick pen twice during the broad daylight in the last several days! My neighbor who feeds birds/animals called saying that she saw two fat raccoons at her feeding table! So far the chickens are okay and seem not bothered by its presence. Bigger worry is whether it carries rabies