We've been discovered! (Happy ending though)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by PeiTheCelt, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. PeiTheCelt

    PeiTheCelt Songster

    Sep 3, 2007
    Central NY
    To set the scene: the temp coop (which is being replaced tonight with the real coop, YEAH! once I find where my dh put the camera I'll post pics) is about 50 ft. from our bedroom, and we sleep with the window open (I love the soft night noises of living in the country).

    Last night I wake up to hear Parvati (our brahma crossed w/ god only knows what hen [​IMG]) talking, loudly.. She didn't sound panicked, but she is usually really quiet. And she is particularly not prone to being loud enough to wake me up at 2:30 in the morning (Shiva sometimes, but never Parvati)! I'm up in a heartbeat, and go to the backdoor to turn on the flood lights (this was a reminder, need to get new lights for the flood light with the switch in our bedroom) and I can't see anything, just the western slope of the yard and the trees, then my husband calls for the "big" flashlight and when I bring it over, and from the different angle in our bedroom? Two blue green eyes flash back at us.

    Based on the body movement it was either a cat or a very young bobcat (the body shape was just a tiny bit weird for a standard domestic (if not domesticated) cat). It doesn't move, the light doesn't scare it, we don't scare it..

    So in a fit of NOT bloody thinking (seriously this was a dumb move on my part *laughs*) I throw on my boots and stride across the yard (all 5'4" 125# of me) my hair sticking up in every direction hollering at the cat "Let me make this clear, these guys are NOT food." No stick in my hand, NOTHING. If this had not been a cat (or had been rabid) I could really have gotten hurt.. But in the moment I didn't care, my feathered babies were at risk and I was going to protect them... Thankfully the kitty was perfectly normal and ran away at the horrifying vision walking towards it. Of course, it took me two and a half hours to fall back to sleep (wheee adrenaline), but.. I woke up to my Shiva crowing (albeit a little later than usual, I think he was tired too after all the excitement, and I know I heard some quieter calmer noises coming from their coop for a while, so I know they didn't go RIGHT back to sleep either) and it was never so sweet sounding.

    (I can't wait until the real coop is out, I have minimal fears about anything getting into it (save a bear which is going to get into pretty much whatever it wants, or a human, and well, I can't do much about other creatures with opposable thumbs). I am not so confident about the temp coop.)

    So yeah.. We had our first run in with predators, and thankfully came out lucky. Though I do think next time I want to make sure I grab a stick, or something! Or even better, get the pellet gun (for cats anyway, 'coons and the like get the 22.. Ya' know, I wasn't thrilled when my husband bought that 22 into the house. Now? I'm *glad* we have it, because if anything goes after my birds while I'm home? Yeah, no more critter.)
  2. Chatychick

    Chatychick Songster

    Jul 9, 2007
    Blue Mound, Kansas
    I hear ya there I have a shotgun that I have buckshot in and if I see anything I just shoot it off and they run for the hills...You dont have to aim with this gun either. It makes alot of noise and believe me the chickens I have know now if it goes off they can rest easily as the predator is gone... I keep a bat close to the door also in case I cant or cant grab the gun. Something is better than nothing...Be careful
  3. PeiTheCelt

    PeiTheCelt Songster

    Sep 3, 2007
    Central NY
    Quote:Yeah, when I was laying in bed afterwards I realized exactly how dumb a move it was to go out completely empty handed. There was a large garden fork (4 tines 3/4 of an inch wide, and about 8-10 inches long) by the coop, but the critter could have gotten to me before I got to it if it wanted... Unfortunately the guns have to be put together (for safety sake they're in lock boxes taken apart) so a big stick by the door is probably the fastest way to ensure I'm protected if/when this happens again.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I still have one of my sons' Little League baseball bats here and it sits outside the door. At night, I grab it as I go to the coop. A bear would just laugh at me, but it makes me feel better anyway.
  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    So glad everything is okay! [​IMG]

    I headed to bed around 1 a.m. only to have Pepper, our Aussie go spastic on the back porch. I turn on the floodlight/motion light and there was a freakin' 'possum hanging out on one of the porch posts. I grab the first thing I could get my hands on...a long strip of styrofoam then realized how wrong it could go. [​IMG] So I charge into the trailer, grab Skips walking stick, charge back out to the porch and proceeded to clock that bugger. I didn't kill it but I don't think it will be back anytime soon either.[​IMG] I had just moved the old indoor brooder out to the porch and I'm pretty sure thats what attracted it. I had the worst time getting back to sleep after that! [​IMG]

  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Wow!!! You WERE lucky!!!
    I have a shovel and a battleaxe, just in case. I can also grab my GGF's cane if needed.
  7. Johnnyboy922

    Johnnyboy922 In the Brooder

    Jul 31, 2007
    a 22 is worthless especially in a panic get a shotgun. if its just a cat or something go out with a stick or bat along with something you can throw and make alot of loud noise(make sure it sounds agressive). if it is a coon or opossum you are better off shooting it from a distance because they are not affraid of you enough to just run away. if its a cyote run outside and look big and be loud and be ready to shoot or swing the bat. with all predators its best if you can throw something or make contact somehow so they know they will get hurt nextime

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