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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

    Jun 17, 2011
    Morristown, AZ
    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)
    Stray dogs
    Rats and ground squirrels

    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 Songster

  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....
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2011
  4. blkwdw

    blkwdw Songster

    May 29, 2011
    what the heck is that fourth pic of? [​IMG]
  5. earlier this year we've had losses to
    stray dogs

    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
    ringtail cats

    but have never had any losses from them...... yet
  6. Quote:i want one as a pet.. even if it is a manmade taxidermy special
  7. welasharon

    welasharon Songster

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    Quote:I promise I will never EVER move to Oklahoma....I may never even visit...

  8. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Quote:I promise I will never EVER move to Oklahoma....I may never even visit...

  9. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    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]
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2011
  10. clinkski

    clinkski In the Brooder

    Jun 17, 2010
    Waterbury Center, VT
    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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