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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Wisher1000, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. chickadoodles

    chickadoodles Chicken Obsessed

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    CC I am so sorry! How horrible.
    Just a thought, what about putting some hardware cloth on the buildings as far as the coons can reach so they can't get back in the buildings?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    All openings have well secured hardware cloth. I didn't expect to (nor have I ever had to ) cover wooden walls with hardware cloth.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    There's a plus side to ordinances. A 100 sq. ft. maximum before needing a permit has forced me to build many smaller breeder houses. It works well for broody apartments and quarantine areas as well. In this case, it saved a couple of my flocks. If they were all in one building it would have been even more devastating.
     
  4. bamadude

    bamadude Overrun With Chickens

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    sorry to hear about ur losses. Have u thought about electric fencing around the perimeter?
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I've thought about it but there isn't really a perimeter. I went out to close up one evening and there were 3 raccoons coming down the trees onto the roof of a coop. Almost the entire property has a tree canopy and virtually every coop is accessible from that canopy.
    I really appreciate suggestions but this is my fault which is why I don't want sympathy. One gets complacent when they don't lose animals for a year or more. It doesn't mean predators aren't there. It's just hard to accept that I lose so many mature birds in 2 nights.
     
  6. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    OK. This is going to seem quite macabre to most of you. If you have a weak stomach, don't read further.

    I'm cutting out mature fertile eggs from the carcasses and grilling the remains to kill the maggots/bacteria and feed the meat back to the chickens.

    I'm not one to waste anything.
     
  7. bamadude

    bamadude Overrun With Chickens

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    May i sugges the H&R 12 guage single shot pardner shotgun. I got mine for $200 at gander mountain. 25 rounds of 2 3/4" game load shells cost $6. Also a good spotlight. It kicks like a mule but will dissolve a raccoon. I put the slip on limbsaver recoil pad on mine and it helps.
     
  8. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    SCG mentioned some type of 22 that was silent and was for killing rats. I wonder if it would work for coons?
     
  9. bamadude

    bamadude Overrun With Chickens

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    A .22 lr or a .22magnum can take down deer with a perfect shot. The problem with .22 currently is finding ammo. U can pay $200 for a .22 and go on the waiting list for ammo, or get a 12 guage for the same price. 12 guage ammo is cheap and plentiful. And with a shotgun u never need a perfect shot unless using a slug.
     
  10. Pozees

    Pozees Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pretty sure CC lives in town, so I imagine a shotgun would not be an option. I may be wrong, often am :)

    I had no idea raccoons could pry off siding, I find that terrifying.I'd want to wrap the entire structure in hardware cloth and electrify it!
     

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