What can do this?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Runawaybull, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. Runawaybull

    Runawaybull Hatching

    Jun 19, 2007
    about a week or so ago i had 5 rir chickens that was laying and they are in a copp that is about 6 foot tall and was like welded wire around it and a roof but were the walls and roof meet theres anbout a foot gap at the most becuz its a slanted roof ..... my door was close and no holes around the coop wire was secure but.... something climbed in the coop and got 2 one night that next night it got the othere wat can carry off big chickens over a 6 foot wall ? but wat ever it was it scard the chickens bad that night i had my window down and i heard them screming and the house is about 500 ft away from the coop .. so i ran out there witht hte shotgun and shot but never saw anything

  2. LaMamaGallina

    LaMamaGallina Songster

    May 7, 2007
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2012
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I agree. Sounds like a coon. You should get more welded wire fencing....hardware cloth, and cover that gap. A 1 ft opening is pretty big.
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Sounds like a raccoon to me too...
    With a one foot opening, almost anything could get through.
  5. Arklady

    Arklady Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    You should think larger... bobcat can jump that high and scare the bejesus out of the birds. They also can get several a night. One bobcat can eat two. They are feeding meat to their young about now. So get those holes closed folks.

  6. panner123

    panner123 Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    I agree with arklady, a coon is usually good for one chicken at a time. a bobcat will get as many as she can. the best way to stop this action is by installing motion dectors like on your garage. put them on each corner of the coop for full caverage. instead of putting bulbs in both sockets place a plug that you can hook up a radio to. when they cause the light to go off, the radio plays also. I have stayed out at times just to watch the action. I have a very large area to cover, but I can see most of it. let me tell you coon, fox, bobcat, bear or monution lion they all try twice in one night, then again about a week later. after that they stay away for awhile. what is really funny is to watch a bear touch an electric fence (i use barb wire). he will back up real fast and growl, then he smells it and as his nose touchs the wire he almost falls over backward. and you can hear him all the way across the cayon, aboput a mile or so.

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