The Worst Predator

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

  1. Raccoon

    414 vote(s)
    25.1%
  2. Opossum

    30 vote(s)
    1.8%
  3. Weasel

    65 vote(s)
    3.9%
  4. Mink

    38 vote(s)
    2.3%
  5. Mountain Lion

    10 vote(s)
    0.6%
  6. Bear

    28 vote(s)
    1.7%
  7. Coyote

    84 vote(s)
    5.1%
  8. Fox

    188 vote(s)
    11.4%
  9. Eagle

    11 vote(s)
    0.7%
  10. Hawk

    265 vote(s)
    16.1%
  11. Owl

    24 vote(s)
    1.5%
  12. Dog

    285 vote(s)
    17.3%
  13. Snake

    18 vote(s)
    1.1%
  14. Man

    67 vote(s)
    4.1%
  15. Bobcat

    37 vote(s)
    2.2%
  16. Skunk

    18 vote(s)
    1.1%
  17. Rats

    28 vote(s)
    1.7%
  18. Cats

    37 vote(s)
    2.2%
  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.
     
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  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

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

    lizardz Songster

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

    Bizzybirdy Songster

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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.
     
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  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.
     
  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 Songster

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

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