Which predator?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by harris farm, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. harris farm

    harris farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do u determine which predator is getting ur birds? All thats left is feathers i find in the distance
     
  2. Rooster Cogburn

    Rooster Cogburn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you need to look for more clues. You might also ask your neighbors with chickens what they may have experienced. Have you ever seen anything on your property that might eat a chicken?
     
  3. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    You may want to look for tracks (foot prints), look at how they are getting in too. Was it through digging under, going over, going through fencing. Size of the hole they made? Was it in the day or night? Are your chickens locked inside a secure coop at night? Many factors here, but that should get you into the investigative mode. Good luck, let us know what you find out! You may also want to set a live animal trap and see what you catch!
     
  4. harris farm

    harris farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Secure most nights and i think the predator is going over the fence because no hloes under or in fence.
     
  5. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    You didn't say how tall the fence was, but just about anything that can climb or fly in, will. Don't leave food in the run at night, and lock them up every night!
     
  6. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a link for "predator diagnosis" > http://www.welphatchery.com/predator_diagnosis.asp

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    it'll help!

    Most predators can climb very well, especially coons and possums. Owls can fly in...

    Last year I lost about a dozen full-grown pullets and cockerels to a skunk. Finally saw him and shot him. I new it was him because he'd leave his smell around the coop, and he was the glossiest fattest skunk you ever saw. [​IMG] I haven't lost a chicken since we shot him. He'd kill them, and then take them under the coop to eat them (found that out the following spring when I looked under the coop for eggs [​IMG]).
     
  7. emarble

    emarble Chillin' With My Peeps

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! I have a top over their run and also put up electric fence around the outside of the run and fenced in area that they have! Mine have a 14 x14 run with a top that they go in at dusk and the gate is closed even though the entire fenced in area is has hot wire! I set my hotwire at 6 inches 12 inches and 18 inches around the run and the house! This not only prevents the diggers but the climbers! Small fence chargers and elec wire are cheap and very effective against preadators and the top keeps the owls out at night! they go in at dusk with a head count and then the gate shuts and when the sun comes up are allowed to run free! Your problem sounds like a Fox climbing the fence if your finding feathers off in the distance BUT the Fence does work

    Ernie
     

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