What's the dumbest thing you've done to protect your chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by OHMYCHICKIES, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. OHMYCHICKIES

    OHMYCHICKIES Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hopefully I'm not the only one. I saw a hawk across the road and suddenly was coming down to get the chickens, I went to run outside to protect them and the door didn't open fast enough and I broke the glass door. To find out my dog was on top of it and scared the hawk away. Phew...now I gotta get a new door. Actually as I'm typing the hawk is roaming the area, at least I won't have to worry about breaking the glass again [​IMG]
     
  2. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    Just a few minutes ago I realized there was a strange dog in my yard and that my 2 cochin chicks were out in a little makeshift pen. The pen isn't very strong, just enough to keep them in. I grabbed the broom to chase it away, when 2 kids came running up and saw me ready to beat their dog with a broom. Talk about feeling crazy!!!
     
  3. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2008
    IA
    Oh wow! Good Dog! Sorry about your door. I went out in the middle of a severe lightning storm to bring them all inside one night. It wasn't supposed to rain at all that night so I left them out in the wire dog kennels we were using before we had their coop built.
     
  4. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Does dreaming of chickens count ?


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  5. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, last night we were all standing around looking at a family friend's new vehicle. It was dusk and starting to get dark. We had already rounded up the flock earlier that day and put everyone in their coops.

    Also, earlier that day we had to hotwire the bottom of the quail cages because something had eaten their toes through the wire. We suspect it was the dog, but the whole incident had me wary of raccoons.

    Anyway, I am standing there listening to the conversation and see something out of the corner of my eye. I look to see some smallish animal dissapear around the back of the barn, the direction it was coming from was the woods. I wave at Adam and whisper something just came from the woods and just went around the barn where the quail cages are. I had to repeat this announcement because his father also wanted to know what was going on.

    Adam goes inside to get the .22 rifle, he comes back out and heads toward the barn. His father swings wide to go around the far side of the barn to "flush" the animal towards Adam. We are all posed and quiet waiting for this animal to go running back towards the woods. Seconds go by, they seem like whole minutes..

    All of a sudden we hear a chick screaming, we all immediately relax, laugh, and Adam locks the gun. It had been a chick that straggled from the earlier round up. You would have thought we were all hunting some big game critter. LOL

    -Kim
     
  6. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    upstate
    how about trying to machete a black snake while its in the nestbox? i thought the birds would be more scared of the snake. turns out they were more afraid of my beating the ****** out of the snake and yelling ! sometimes i wonder about my chickens, sometimes i wonder about me......lol!
     
  7. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
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  8. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
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    thank God All of mine go into the chicken coop ONEBY ONE on their own . Its to funny to watch them when its starts to get dusk/ dark , they ALL start looking up at the sky as if they know about what time it is . ONEBY ONE , they follow the leader from the run into the Chicken Coop .

    they repeat this in the mornings . 1st. sign of day break , here they come out of the coop into the run . TO FUNNY .

    I told DH that BIG RED ( rooster ) is like the God Father , he leads the flock and has total control over them .
     
  9. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone remember the "gun battle" post in the coop between an owner and a raiding possum? That has to have been one of my most favorite Predators and Pests post ever!

    -Kim
     
  10. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank God All of mine go into the chicken coop ONEBY ONE on their own . Its to funny to watch them when its starts to get dusk/ dark , they ALL start looking up at the sky as if they know about what time it is . ONEBY ONE , they follow the leader from the run into the Chicken Coop .

    they repeat this in the mornings . 1st. sign of day break , here they come out of the coop into the run . TO FUNNY .

    I told DH that BIG RED ( rooster ) is like the God Father , he leads the flock and has total control over them .

    Usually mine go in on their own as well. I had let EVERYONE out, which means my valuable birds were running loose too, so I was "escorting" them through the yard. It came time for us to eat, so Adam and I rounded them up early. I guess we missed this one chick and the poor little guy was wandering around trying to figure out where he was suppose to be. He had only been out of the grow-out pen a couple of days. LOL

    -Kim
     

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