Which is your worst predator

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickyfuzz, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. Fox

    10 vote(s)
    40.0%
  2. Cat

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Dog

    7 vote(s)
    28.0%
  4. Human

    1 vote(s)
    4.0%
  5. Fisher cat

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Raccoon

    11 vote(s)
    44.0%
  7. Weasel

    3 vote(s)
    12.0%
  8. Mink

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. chickyfuzz

    chickyfuzz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Which one is your worst predator.
     
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Hawk!

    Second would be owl.
     
  3. ken-t

    ken-t Out Of The Brooder

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    "Raccoons"! We have hawks but they don't seem to bother the poultry Second would be Fox's.
     
  4. YlwBrchHobbyFrm

    YlwBrchHobbyFrm Out Of The Brooder

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    Where I live, it's the wolves and the foxes. Once they know there's something to eat, they just keep on coming back. However, my dog will alert me to these animals. Hawks and falcons, on the other hand, come in unnoticed by the dog and swoop down and grab- then leave. We lost a young cockerel to a Gyrfalcon a couple weeks back and I only knew something was going on when the chickens all made a ruckus until I came out there- and they got very quiet. I spent about 10 minutes looking into the woods before I spotted it eating my cockerel (alive) on the ground. Horrible.
     
  5. Coop Deville

    Coop Deville Chillin' With My Peeps

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    raccoons... for the reason that they keep coming back once they have a successful strike. I had to pack a lot of fence repair into the 2-3 hours of daylight I had after work the day after a strike because I knew it would come back for more hens. Very maddening.
     
  6. MamaDoodle

    MamaDoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Coop
    It won't let me vote on Kindle...dog.
     
  7. LedgeWoods

    LedgeWoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hawk x2
    Lost 8 birds in the last month due to that useless thing. It is by far the most frustrating / damaging predator to my flock!:barnie
     
  8. LTygress

    LTygress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did note Hawk wasn't up there. Neither is snake. But my main problems are raccoons and a fox.

    Although the latest "predator" I haven't yet identified, it could EASILY be a raccoon or fox. Probably a raccoon. Something reached through the chain-link and grabbed eggs from a nest box that was sitting right beside it. Foxes can use their paws to pull something forward like that. And racoons have "thumbs" like we do, so they are definitely capable of it.

    I used to have a problem with a king snake that got in and tried eating eggs and baby chicks. But after getting himself stuck inside of the pen because he swallowed a GOLF BALL (fake egg for the hens), we were able to catch him and kill him. No problems with him since then!
     
  9. MsChickenMomma

    MsChickenMomma Overrun With Chickens

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    The worst predator for me is hawks. I have had problems with them for the last 4 months. I haven't hardly been able to let the girls (or boy) outside.

    The second is Raccoons. I have lost several chickens from them.
     
  10. cabinchicky

    cabinchicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hawk!! and yes they are protected,grr. we have a pair of them, have a loose web over my run. I just walked to my kitchen sink and sure enough one tried it,chickens gone nuts, feathers flying and it didn't get one, d#@$hawk perched on my clothes line post till I got out there in 22 degrees n a T-shirt too. one back giant was down I checked her some she kinda flighty at the moment, but no blood I can see,but she got back up and started scratching after 5 minutes. putting more rope over run later, off to tsc and Lowes I go.
     

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