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What do you have predator wise?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by southerndesert, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. southerndesert

    southerndesert B & M Chicken Ranch

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    I lived in MI, WI, and IL. before moving to AZ and in those lush green areas we had to deal with many of the same predators as I read about here and I feel for you all. Here in AZ I have not seen a raccoon, possum, weasel, or even a skunk as we are in the desert away from any natural or man made source for drinking water.

    We deal with some formidable foes though nothing like the bear attack I read about here....

    Our main headaches are from,

    Hawks (several species especially in winter)
    Coyote
    Fox
    Stray dogs
    Rats and ground squirrels
    Snakes

    That is about it for our area that we actually see around our property and I know that is a small list for many here at the forum. Figured this thread may help some new to keeping poultry to see what is in their area and what to prepare for when building their coop/pen.

    So what do you have to deal with?
     
  2. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Ummm...don't know what to say about post #2...lol. [​IMG]

    We have raccoons, coyotes (just hear them sometimes of the late evenings/nights, but haven't seen any out and about), possums, lots of red tailed hawks. I'm sure we must have foxes, but I've not actually seen any around here. I've seen plenty of snakes around here, but not anything dangerous. Come to think of it, I've not seen just the common rat snake (which I guess is what I grew up calling a black snake - although they weren't really black) around here either??? I worry more about dogs though than the wild critters....
     
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  4. blkwdw

    blkwdw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what the heck is that fourth pic of? [​IMG]
     
  5. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    earlier this year we've had losses to
    stray dogs
    coyotes
    foxes
    raccoons

    have lost eggs to skunks and snakes (which one snake in particular I don't mind eating an egg or two since she is our resident girl and helps keep the rodents down)

    in the area we also have mountain lions
    bobcats
    ringtail cats
    weasels

    but have never had any losses from them...... yet
     
  6. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:i want one as a pet.. even if it is a manmade taxidermy special
     
  7. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I promise I will never EVER move to Oklahoma....I may never even visit...
     
  8. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Quote:I promise I will never EVER move to Oklahoma....I may never even visit...

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  9. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i want one as a pet.. even if it is a manmade taxidermy special

    looks like one of my pits LOL

    obtw we have yotes fox both kind bobkitties and the usual coon possum skunk weasels otter nutria muskrat hawk redtails and kestrels and ospreys and owls [​IMG]
     
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  10. clinkski

    clinkski Out Of The Brooder

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    I lost 5 chickens to bears - an attack this past fallhe nabbed 3 and then this spring he nabbed another 2.
     

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