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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by choopes, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. choopes

    choopes Out Of The Brooder

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    When I moved to this property it had a barn, the far shed, built on the side of the barn had previously been someones chicken coop. I cleaned it up, and raised chickens there for 6-7 years. I also keep a goose. Over time predators kept eating away at my flock, until finally all that was left was the goose. I have a bunch of bricks from taking down an old chimney. I spent yesterday morning stacking these against the walls inside and out. Unless it can move bricks, I thought it was safe. I bought a bunch of baby chicks from Ideal a few months back. They stay in a box I keep right up by my house. Road noise, lights, and a dog. But the box is getting too small. So I moved one chick down. I checked on her after dark. She was perched upon the water dispenser. This morning she's gone. A few feather piles. I thought I had this pen by the barn secure. ****! I've had problems with oposums. They usually leave the head and feet and eat the middle. This is different, Carries it out. I considered sleeping out there. Building another coop up closer to the house, move the dog down there closer- shes on a chain, so she just makes noise. Whatever it is doesn't mess with the goose. She's pretty big.
    I've bought these chicks and raised them thinking I had a place, now I'm finding is not safe.
    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    you can get a trail cam that is heat and motion activated they work great for that kind of stuff
     
  3. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Trail cam is great advice.
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2016
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Rats maybe?...look for tunnels.
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2016
  5. FalconsNest

    FalconsNest Just Hatched

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    I don't have a clue. Check around the barn for a hole something may have dug. It may be a 'possum, keep in mind that though they are diligent and hard to scare off they are pretty easy to prevent. Any possum attack I've had the dumb critter eats the whole thing.
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2016
  6. choopes

    choopes Out Of The Brooder

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    I.ve had that, as well as them leaving head and feet and eating everything in between. I went out yesterday and put electrice fence wire all around. to pvc pipes, 3 strands, and its for a horse. anything that gets zapped will not come back. Another thought, how about a light on a motion sencer? Since their nocturnal will that scare off a possum?
     
  7. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Is there any words as yo the animal that is preying on the flock?
     
  8. choopes

    choopes Out Of The Brooder

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    No I put 3 strands of electric fence around the back of the barn. 1st night, the baby chick (just one) was okay. The next night. Gone! I'm at my witts end! I bought a light activated by a motion senser. Will this scare away the night bandit? I don't know. If it freezes, the light will go out. Birds can't see to do anything in the dark. It's my last hope.
     
  9. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Trail cam inside the coop?

    What do you think?
     
  10. FalconsNest

    FalconsNest Just Hatched

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    Definitely [​IMG]
     

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