Will chickens keep the deer away?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by reereechickens, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. reereechickens

    reereechickens Songster

    Feb 12, 2011
    Reidsville, NC
    Hi! My DH is a deer hunter and we have 5 acres of land for him to hunt on. Back in the day before me;) his roommate had a bunch of cats and he build an outdoor fenced pen for the cats. It is still there with lots of fence on the top and a cathouse that would make a great chickenhouse. It would need some fixing up, not too much.

    I want this for my chickens but DH claims this would deter the deer from that area. My DH would not shoot my chickens, but according to him the deer won't come around that area b/c of the chickens. He has a deer corn feeder 40 ft from the cathouse.

    So any opinions would be welcomed.

  2. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    Nope but i have seen my guineas chatter at the deer here till they leave.
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  3. redstars

    redstars Songster

    Mar 15, 2009
    south dartmouth ma
    No It won't bother the deer at all I have deer tracks all around my coop and run
  4. Chemguy

    Chemguy Songster

    May 30, 2011
    Springfield, Ohio
    I'm not sure what deer are like around you, but here they will continue to graze in the back yard when my dog is out on her lead, barking her head off. But, as for chickens, I don't really know if they will keep deer away or not. I'll bet that they'd enjoy the corn, though!
  5. the deer won't care.. i have even found them licking the feed pan clean that i have out for the free rangers
  6. mulewagon

    mulewagon Songster

    Nov 13, 2010
    Keep deer away? How big are these chickens? [​IMG]
  7. tourn

    tourn In the Brooder

    Jun 10, 2011
    Northern NJ
    Not unless they grow two more legs and start barking!

  8. jimmythechicken

    jimmythechicken Songster

    Jun 8, 2010
    no we have deer tracks 2 ft from our coop an see them every night around 8 maybe 40 yrds from our coop.may even help they like free meals were do you live in our state you cant hunt on only 5achers. tell him if he does not get a deer it is due to lack of hunting tallent an not your chickens.lol
  9. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Not unless they grow two more legs and start barking

    I have 5 Maremma Sheepdogs, and deer will walk by right outside the fence no matter how much the dogs bark

  10. fdehaven

    fdehaven In the Brooder

    Nov 17, 2009
    Woodland, PA
    My chickens stand under the apple tree and share the fallen apples with the deer and their new born fawns. I love watching the one chickens eat the pieces the deer drop. They Stan right under the deer.

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