Something is visiting my chickens

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kimmypie, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. kimmypie

    kimmypie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went out to check on the chickens today and saw these prints. I didn't go out yesterday so I'm not sure how long they have been there. Whatever it was couldn't get in the coop (and there is no evidence of it trying--like scratches on the coop or anything) but was able to get in the run. We have a 5 foot hardware cloth fence around it, nothing dug under (it's been well below freezing for at least a week) and I guess it could have squeezed in through the gate? I don't know. Any guesses? There is a very large "polar bear" dog as my kids call it, that is out all the time in an unfenced yard. In my uneducated opinion it looks like a Great Pyrenees, but I really don't know. The only other dog that I know gets out sometimes is a small scotty dog. We don't have a fence and live fairly rurally, a 1/2 acre lot in a new development in the foothills.

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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Looks a little more like coyote to me.

    Any wolves where you live?
     
  3. kimmypie

    kimmypie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We do have coyotes, cougars, etc. but I do not think we have wolves.
     
  4. Blue CopperHen

    Blue CopperHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like a dog track to me. I found huge tracks in my well walked snow path to my coop. It looks like a large dog and would explain why my Mastiff bolted out the doggie door and went crazy at the fence. You know what I found strange? There were also deer tracks mixed in with the dogs, and neither track to me appears that anybody was in a hurry. LOL
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    A coyote has a smaller rear pad (like the picture) than a dog of the same size.
     
  6. Blue CopperHen

    Blue CopperHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is what I intended to say was dog/ coyote. I should have elaborated more. [​IMG]
     
  7. shmccarthy

    shmccarthy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you know the exact size of the track, this may help.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Nice track illustrations shmccarthy.

    If the 5' fence is sturdy enough, a coyote could jump over it.
    Were there tracks on both sides of fence to indicate it went over the fence?
     
  9. glebreton

    glebreton Out Of The Brooder

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    From the size of prints, I would say a coyote or smaller dog, but not a Pyrenees. Could also be a bobcat. I shot one at my pen after it got a couple of my hens.

    I suggest you get on ebay or go to a sporting goods store and spend about $80 on a decent deer camera. Set it up on the tracks and you will get a pic of the culprit. Plus you will get a time stamp of his activity so you can plan appropriately... Good luck
     
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