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Weasels

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by JoePa, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. JoePa

    JoePa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just finished my new run - surounded the run with welded wire with poultry wire put over that - it's definitely predator proof except maybe for weasels - thought of putting hardware cloth around the bottom four feet - now the question - do weasels climb? - would they be able to climb up the other wire to get above the hardware cloth? - anybody a weasel expert? - thanks
     
  2. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Weasels are excellent climbers and are good swimmers too!
     
  3. Inkheart

    Inkheart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2010
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    Not sure but i know first hand they are crafty and smart and if can find a hole the diamater of a hot dog - they will get in. They are amazing little squeeze artists - squeezing them selves in. Hopefully someone will chime in if they climb or not but io wouldnt be surprised! Lost 8 chickens to a mink - not the same - but weasel like!
     
  4. trulyblessed

    trulyblessed Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmm, I'm not sure, but was wondering if weasels can fit through regular chicken wire too?
     
  5. Mtn Margie

    Mtn Margie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There goes my castle with a moat plan, dang. Yes, weasels can climb trees to get to squirrels and easily fit through chicken wire.
     
  6. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they will climb, swim, jump two-foot spans and any hole large enough to admit a mouse can be accessed by a weasel. The one that killed my chickens came in through a hole mice had chewed under the coop door.
     
  7. Kris64

    Kris64 Out Of The Brooder

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    Love that you posted this. It's exactly what we were planning on doing. How did it go? What ended up working (or not working) for you?
     
  8. 19disbre

    19disbre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They cannot easily fit through chicken wire but will find away in covering the first 4 feet with hardware cloth should do the trick
     
  9. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes they can easily fit through chicken wire and yes they can most definitely climb
     
  10. animals1981

    animals1981 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    other than cats and dogs anything else that kills weasels and stoats? any bird species?

    they can fit through chicken wire and smaller holes than brown rats can, its impossible to keep one out almost without hardwire cloth.
     
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