What preds are a problem in the North GA area

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by d(>_<)b, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. d(>_<)b

    d(>_<)b In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2008
    Loganville, GA
    My wife and I are going to get a few chickens soon and we are wonder what other folks in and around the Atlanta metro area have encountered as far as predators go? We live in Loganville.
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I'm not in Atlanta, but most urban areas have the following common pests and predators:

    snakes (eggs & small chicks)
    Skunks (eggs)
    Flying preds like hawks and owls
    Vermin can be a problem too - like rats/mice if feed is not kept up and the coop not kept clean
    SOME urban areas also have coyotes

    Your biggest threat in an suburban or urban setting? Yours, your neighbors, or a stray dog. From reading months of 'dog got into our coop' threads on the predator category, I can say the #1 killer of urban chickens seems to be dogs.

    Make your chicken area as safe as possible from dogs and you'll go a long way towards keeping them safe.

    Also, be sure to use small opening wire - NOT chicken wire, it's not strong enough - use 1/2" or 1" welded wire. That will keep racoons from reaching a paw in to kill chickens through the wire.

    Finally, have a secure coop where you can close them in at night. Aside from dog attacks, chickens are at their most vulerable from possum or raccoon attack at night when roosting since they can't see at night to get away.

    Hope this helps! Have fun with your chickens!!
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Hiya, my son lives in Grayson and I used to live in Lilburn and Dacula. Now I'm a mountain girl up here in Fannin County. You have coyotes, foxes, raccoons, opossum, snakes, on occasion a black bear, cats and roaming dogs. I'm not sure about weasels, though. Naturally, you have hawks of several types, too. I have seen more than one dead coyote on Hwy 316, I can tell you.
    Oops, forgot skunks!
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2008
  4. d(>_<)b

    d(>_<)b In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2008
    Loganville, GA
    Thanks for the advise. This will help me redesign my coop/tractor

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