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What am I? day time predator.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by ThiefPouter06, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. ThiefPouter06

    ThiefPouter06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hunt around 4-6 oclock. From the feather piles I strike from the edge of the thicket as the chickens walk by and drag them a good distance inside before killing them. (2 acre square thicket of cedars, briars and stuff.) I took one full size sumatra roo, and two full grown standard wyadnotte one day and tried to take a full grown brahma two days later. I was scared off when a human heard the brahma cry and I let her go, I outran and outsmarted the dog she turned loose on me.


    My guess is a fox feeding its young. I dont guess there is any real way to protect my free ranging hens? Foxes can climb fences correct?
     
  2. Gullygarden

    Gullygarden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or a dog. You can use a large electric mesh run and move it as needed. I had to do that because of my neighborhood dogs. google electric chicken mesh. I have a picture on my byc page. The solar charger makes it easy.
     
  3. ThiefPouter06

    ThiefPouter06 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thought of that but dogs would probably have left peices and they wouldnt have dissapeared.
     
  4. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    Depending on your location a coyote(s) could be responsible.....
     
  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    I would suspect fox or coyote as well. And yes fox can get over fences very easily, actually coyotes are quite good at it too. A good fence with strategically placed strands of hot wire is a very good deterrent. Very hard to protect free ranging chickens unless you have a good LGD. Once the predator has discovered such easy pickings it will return until it has wiped out the food source.
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Fox, coyote, bobcat all similar snatch and run predators.
     
  7. Dutchess

    Dutchess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Fox got mine, 4 in two days, and it was exactly as you say, strikes from the edge of a thicket/woods leaving only a small pile of feathers.[​IMG]
     
  8. hawcer

    hawcer Out Of The Brooder

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    Put a GPS chip in a unwanted chicken...wait a day after it disappears and then go hunting. J/K...
     

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