Will chickens keep deer away?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by fhdogs, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. fhdogs

    fhdogs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    Southern Vermont
    In my case I wouldn't really call them pests, but I'm wondering if having chickens on my property will keep deer away?

    My property losses its snow much earlier in the season than most of the area around me. Even though I'm right alongside a roadway, each spring (at least the two I've lived here) I have a large number of white tails that come down to visit at night. Last night alone I counted 6! They love searching around for the previous seasons apples that were left behind.

    I'm concerned though that the addition of my coop will keep them away. I really love going out late at night with a spotlight to watch the deer. I plan to fence my run, and also my new garden, so I'm not too concerned about what the deer will do, but I really don't want to lose them.

    I'm also worried because for about 3 weeks each spring the deer come down to visit every night. It seems like the 100+ old apple trees are the only food source they have until things warm up elsewhere. I'd hate to take away the food they love so much.

    Any thoughts?
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Not on your life! The deer are here all the time, but the chickens freak out when they see one walk out of the woods, LOL.
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Nope chickens wont have any effect on the deer.
  4. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Nope. The deer look in the window of the coop to see if there is anything in there for them.
  5. Run-A-Muck Ranch

    Run-A-Muck Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    I dont' know anything that will keep deer away.....

    We have chickens(and all kinds of birds), sheep, goats, llamas horses, pigs, rabbits, dogs and cat....They still come around
    We have 4 ft. tall field fencing all around the outter perimeter of our pasture...They still run through there....I have even seen them in my barn before....

    And last night on my way home...about a 1/4th of a mile up the road...there in the middle of the feild was A BEAR!!!! what was around the bear...but about 10 deer....They were eatting and grazing as if the bear wasn't even there...Although the bear didn't seem to be going after the deer either...He was just standing there watching me drive by(well I did stop and look at him which he then slowly turned around and walked away).....

    So NO i don't think a chicken coop will deter deer from visiting still....
  6. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

    Sep 20, 2007
    Northeast Texas
    Err... nope, they won't. Deer are not afraid of chickens, especially when food is up for dibs!
  7. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    they love chicken food.........
  8. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2007
    Yep, I agree that the deer won't be bothered by the chickens at all....the deer run with the wild turkeys here!

    ~ bigzio
  9. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nah and they'll find any discarded layer pellets, too! [​IMG]
  10. fhdogs

    fhdogs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2009
    Southern Vermont
    Thanks everyone! I was starting to get concerned. Only 14 more days until I can start construction. So much planning to do in the mean time.

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