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something was around my coop last night

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by backdoorchicken, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. backdoorchicken

    backdoorchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had a rake and shovel leaned up against it and they were knocked down this morning.



    i am getting a trap, paintball gun and [​IMG]
     
  2. onthespot

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    and a hotwire... put that on your list.
     
  3. backdoorchicken

    backdoorchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ::adds hotwire to list::
     
  4. ksct

    ksct Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it's things like that, even though it could be harmless.... i'm also planning to find another inexpensive trail camera for ours I think.... ::knocks on wood:: nothing can get in our coop but we have wild everything where we live..... often wonder if there's anything out there caseing the joint.... [​IMG]
     
  5. backdoorchicken

    backdoorchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i did some further inspections(looked for tracks or paw prints) and found nothing. i think it could have been the hawk i have seen before. not sure how it could knock things down though.
     
  6. mikeksfarmer

    mikeksfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hawks dont usually hunt at night. Raccoons dont leave tracks unless there is good mud. A paint ball gun will just make them afraid of you. Get a live trap and drown it. I am betting you have a raccoon.
     
  7. backdoorchicken

    backdoorchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dang i hope not. it was daylight outside for a few hours before i noticed it. the times that i have seen hawks were early morning. and it was jumping around on the roof of the run. that's why i keep thinking hawk. is there something i could set out to see if it is a coon? like something only a coon would eat? i feel pretty secure about the strength of my run. the door, not so much [​IMG]
     
  8. omelette'smom

    omelette'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just put your trash barrel near the coop! Just kidding! We have raccoons that visit our trash in our driveway and to my knowledge haven't had an interest in my chickens in my back yard. I'm torn to whether I should lock the barrels up or not cuz if they aren't at my trash than they will look for alternative food...the chickens. But then again the barrels will lure them to my property and if they can't get at them than maybe they won't come around.
     
  9. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you sprinkle flour or some stable powder around near the doors you should get a good print...
     

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