Think Like A Weasel

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by LynneP, May 16, 2008.

  1. Did you know that weasels are making a comeback? That in states, provinces and countries where weasels were uncommon, they are now in abundance? Why?

    They love chicken.

    Think Like a Weasel

    Pretend you have beady eyes, sensitive whiskers and can squeeze through any gap the size of a hot dog- not the bbq size either- the measly ordinary kind. Imagine you can smell chicken from a mile away.

    Look up at the eaves and roof of your coop or barn. Are there any rotted wood, small cracks, knots that have fallen away from the planks? Is there an uncovered vent? A cupola that needs some wire on the inside. What about hay vents under the fascia? At the very least, plug these and better still, cover with mason wire (aka hardware cloth, 1/2").

    Poultry wire? Why some predators will reach through, grab a hen by leg, wing or head and drag it through in the most agonizing of deaths. The horror.

    Then creep down on the floor. Can anything, even something small, crawl up a drain? Dig a tunnel? Even concrete floors can have cracks and chunks missing. Drains can be covered with small-slotted caps, and dirt floors can be wired, paying attention to the edges. Think weasel. Do you really want your chicks ripped at neck and breast and left flailing and terrorized? The survivors will be waiting for it to happen again and again. This mesh will keep out all but baby snakes too. Think like a weasel. Chain link is merely an inconvenience, and a climbing tool.

    Go out to your run, poke, check, pry. Is it roofed or covered with netting? Are the edges sealed. Could something slither in? Chew through? Marry the edges of seams with little piggie nose rings, or wire them shut. Has anything corroded? Maintenance. Think like a weasel, imagine the bloodlust and the carnage, night after night. Then think what it would be like to be your hens. Do you feel safe?

    Think like a weasel. Please.
  2. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    This is a wonderful and very well put post. Thank you for posting this.
  3. We're finishing our outdoor run, I've been on my hands and knees! Wrote this after...heh;)
  4. Ga Chicken Mom

    Ga Chicken Mom Songster

    Jul 24, 2007
    Great post! I'll be checking our henhouse closely.
  5. jemagsy

    jemagsy Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    Seconded. You do not want to see what a weasel does to the poor babies. We lost half of our flock to their little massacring selves. We now have wire going around the outside and inside of the coop, we are putting a thick vinyl/rubberish material on the floor today over the wire mesh floor, which is layed over wood, on top of concrete blocks. They can and will get in the most impossible ways.

    If you don't think you have weasels please call your local wildlife agency first - we didn't think we had them either.
  6. I'm so sorry about your flock. You're so right, you just don't see them until they're major trouble. There not native here but peole bring them in! Lorddddddddddddddd...we're nearly finished our run, I hope this works. Again, I'd be devastated, got my first chicks ever two days ago.

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