This is why predators have such an easy time with quail

dc3085

Crowing
7 Years
Jan 6, 2013
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I set up a game cam on a cage wrapped in hardware cloth to see just how that stupid raccoon got so many of my birds earlier this month. Turns out they actually go up to him to investigate what he is doing. There were a ton of pictures but below are the pertinent ones. Notice the time stamps on the pics. This one raccoon spent 1 hour and 12 minutes trying to get into the same cage.








 

bigrob83

In the Brooder
6 Years
Apr 30, 2013
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Texas
I have lost one quail through hardware cloth
they took his head off
your pictures go to show he walked up there and offered it to them


heard the chickens this morning and found the neighbors cat laying next to the quail house stalking the chickens
quail all lined up next to him "look at this" "look at this"

not the smartest are they? lol
 

1000yearoldeggs

Chirping
6 Years
Sep 13, 2013
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western pa
Very creepy. I can't believe it stalked those quail for over an hour. Quail are cute, but they definitely aren't very smart. They run away from me though, right into the corners where I can't reach.
 

quail325

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 29, 2014
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This is the main reason I never use any wire mesh bigger than 1/2"x1/2"
 

dc3085

Crowing
7 Years
Jan 6, 2013
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SF Bay Area, California
I just couldn't believe they actually go up to him. In the pictures you can see the birds leave the frame and then return to see exactly what he is doing.
 

1000yearoldeggs

Chirping
6 Years
Sep 13, 2013
149
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western pa
Mine stay in their run all night, but I may have to start locking them in the coop part. I have hardware cloth on the run, but I still don't really trust the door I have on it. (I have a pre-fab rabbit hutch) I think I'll try to make it sturdier soon, I already need new hinges anyway.
 

quail325

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 29, 2014
40
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They are incredibly strong also.I have seen where they had pulled regular chicken wire right apart like it was nothing.
 

Bruiserdog99

Chirping
5 Years
Apr 23, 2014
141
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Idaho
Hello i used to do a lot of trapping coon, muskrat, skunks, etc the coons are a real problem they always get are chickens and there vicious grab em through the chain link and maul them alot of the times they leave the chickens in there dead id use some d.p.'s dog proof foot traps http://www.amazon.com/Duke-Dog-Proof-Coon-Trap/dp/B004949EIC (you can pick them up at about the same price at cabelas) if you are in a suburban area other wise id just get them with foot traps and conibears ive trapped alot of coons by the chicken coop
 

dc3085

Crowing
7 Years
Jan 6, 2013
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SF Bay Area, California
I have a pile of live traps and leg holds. My dad used to be a hunting guide and we both had fur trapping licenses before. The problem is I live in the city right now and there is an unlimited source of raccoons here. Trapping them is as effective as peeing into the wind.
 

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