What to do about my chicken taker?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Gersbud, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. Gersbud

    Gersbud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I have been losing a girl every now and then and could never figure out where they were going. No sign of them, not even a feather. Well the other day low and behold I think I may have found my culprit and the bizarre thing is that he/she was about to make lunch out of my Goose decoy in the front yard. Who do you ask was this culprit. A frikkin bald eagle of all things to have take you girls. :( I miss my girls, I respect the eagle but common on. What do you do about a American icon like the bald eagle.
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  2. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member

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    That's really a tough one, can you cover the run, keep them in the coup for a little while?
     
  3. Gersbud

    Gersbud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can not put them in a covered run at this time. They are in a small barn near my garage for the winter and it does not have a run. There main coop does but it has no electricity for a heat light or a heated water bucket for them. I wish it did.
     
  4. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member

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    Can you lock them in the small barn,this thing has found easy food. It might be feeding young,or it's young itself.
     
  5. Gersbud

    Gersbud Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I can lock them up, but I really hate having to do that. Right now when I let them out I keep an eye on them and when I hear the roos start screaming I put them up. unless the roo has them hiding under my outside wood burner. Warm place to hide anyway. thanks for the responses. I just had to post it, it really is unusual, at least for me
     
  6. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

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    Best option is to stand with them,but I know you can only do that so much. The chickens are easy pickings,and the bird will keep killing the easy prey till there is no more. I would recommend short term lock up in a garage,or even built a totally enclosed temp run like this one for cats...

    http://www.just4cats.com/

    Build the run.Once the eagle realises it can not get at the chickens anymore it will move on.Not like it is going to sit 24/7 on top and wish to eat the chicken.It will move on.Then you can let them free roam again.It happens again you have the run to secure them.
     

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