We were attacked... :(

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by FEWJATIV, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. FEWJATIV

    FEWJATIV Out Of The Brooder

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    So I come outside this morning to feed & water my girls & find out we were attacked. 1 of my girls was lying dead in her fenced in area & my other girl was completely missing. I am assuming it was a big strong raccoon. The area around my door was dug up & the chickenwire I buried around my run was pulled back. I even found a footprint which makes me think it was a raccoon. Now my next thing to do will be to predator proof the run once again & completely finish the coop. Then I will be in search of new chicks. Sad day but I will be back with more chicks hopefully soon...
     
  2. FEWJATIV

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    FEWJATIV Out Of The Brooder

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  4. NickChillPhoto

    NickChillPhoto Out Of The Brooder

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    So sorry to hear about this tragedy. It's very sad. What do you mean by the chicken wire being pulled back? I always want to know how predators get in, so I can anticipate and prevent.
     
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  5. FEWJATIV

    FEWJATIV Out Of The Brooder

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    I ran chicken wire around the while outside structure about 18" high & it fell roughly 18" on the ground which I had buried to prevent predators from digging under. The only area not really protected was the door for obvious reasons. But i had still buried the chicken wire.... this morning where the raccon dug up the dirt it found the chicken wire that was buried & pulled it back to get better access to keep digging... smart lil mofo.
     
  6. NickChillPhoto

    NickChillPhoto Out Of The Brooder

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    Geez. I've placed a couple feet of hardware cloth on the ground surrounding the run. I'm hoping it's harder to pull back than the softer chicken wire. I might do some extra securing, now.
     
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  7. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Be Happy! Read more. Premium Member

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    Sorry for your loss.
     
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  8. FEWJATIV

    FEWJATIV Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm just gonna have to figure something out.... it really sucks tho
     
  9. KikisGirls

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    A good gun might be a good idea. Do some hunting tonight?
     
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  10. rottlady

    rottlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do you have a friend with a large live trap? I'd put it inside the pen so that something coming through the hole would go in it and set the bait where the dead chicken was
     
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