The Worst Predator

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Opa, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. Raccoon

    359 vote(s)
    24.8%
  2. Opossum

    25 vote(s)
    1.7%
  3. Weasel

    58 vote(s)
    4.0%
  4. Mink

    31 vote(s)
    2.1%
  5. Mountain Lion

    8 vote(s)
    0.6%
  6. Bear

    26 vote(s)
    1.8%
  7. Coyote

    76 vote(s)
    5.2%
  8. Fox

    155 vote(s)
    10.7%
  9. Eagle

    11 vote(s)
    0.8%
  10. Hawk

    239 vote(s)
    16.5%
  11. Owl

    21 vote(s)
    1.4%
  12. Dog

    256 vote(s)
    17.7%
  13. Snake

    16 vote(s)
    1.1%
  14. Man

    62 vote(s)
    4.3%
  15. Bobcat

    35 vote(s)
    2.4%
  16. Skunk

    15 vote(s)
    1.0%
  17. Rats

    24 vote(s)
    1.7%
  18. Cats

    33 vote(s)
    2.3%
  1. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I was curious as to which predator the most chickens have been lost to.
     
  2. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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    All of our casualties have been to an opossum.
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I chose Mink..I lost several to a mink (or weasel) last winter..
     
  4. lizardz

    lizardz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Personally, mine have been lost to the resident bobcat, but from reading others' posts, I would have to say dogs.
     
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  5. BellLisamo

    BellLisamo Diagnosed w/ Muscovitis

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    ive recently lost 4 to a skunk. UGH! Coyotes are also a big problem!
     
  6. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Like I said on the other thread, I believe that the worst predator to have is a bird of prey (owl, hawk, etc.). Most are protected species, so you can't really do anything about it. At least with the other predators you can take care of business.
     
  7. Bizzybirdy

    Bizzybirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    RACOONS!!! Crafty, atrocious killers.....even killed my old pet cat! [​IMG]

    DOGS are second on my list...before I fenced everything in and out.
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2009
  8. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    It seems like dogs are running a close second to raccoons. When I was investigating getting some waterfowl for this year I was reading all I could on ducks and geese. One fact that kind of caught my attention was that geese can live 20+ years; however, their average life expectancy is 7 years due to dog attacks- not predator attacks, dog attacks. I found that to be interesting.

    Good poll, Opa. I am curious to see the numbers at the end.
     
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  9. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I can't believe I neglected to put skunks on the lists.
     
  10. briana1975

    briana1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Knock on wood we haven't lost any to predators.
     

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