YOUR EXPERIANCES! YOUR OUTCOMES! YOUR PREDATORS & PESTS!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by rockmissjess, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. rockmissjess

    rockmissjess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to know EVERYONES experiances with pests/predators killing their chickens and how have you handled the situation and the outcome including which predators and the living style you have for your chickens.. i know this is a random like post but i think it will be very helpful to newbies such as myself and others if we know all the chicken vets experiances and their outcomes :) thanks so much TO EVERYONE WHO RESPONDS!
     
  2. cpegram

    cpegram Chillin' With My Peeps

    I live in Tennessee there are coyotes, bobcats, racoons, opossum, weasles, the list is huge. I do have a great pyrenees dog who keeps them all away. I have only lost one and that was due to a hawk.
     
  3. Sagetown

    Sagetown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here in SE Oklahoma predators are abundant. From hawks, and hoot owls, to coyotes, and foxes, and the most pestilent are possums and Rat (chicken) snakes. Last fall I purchased some day old chicks from Cackle Hatchery, and built them a nice pen and coop to protect them from these critters. Then as winter set in, I began to notice some strange goings on in the barn and around my chicken run. So, before something drastic happened I purchased a large animal trap and set it up in the barn. It caught two large possums, and a large orange tomcat.
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  4. rockmissjess

    rockmissjess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh wow! my grandma had one of those in her attic.. it nearly gave her a heart attack.. she says there are nasty! (she lived in tennesse)
     
  5. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    Chicken Predators from the easiest to the most difficult to handle in my opinion

    #1 Dogs

    #2 Owls

    #3 Opossums

    #4 Skunks and other members of the weasel family except minks

    #5 Hawks

    #6 Raccoons

    #7 Mink

    #8 Foxes

    #9 Coyotes

    #10 Cats including bobcats
     
  6. BugGuy

    BugGuy Out Of The Brooder

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    Dogs, Cats, and Hawks are my biggest problem during the day with coyotes, cats, and racoons at night. I built my roost/coop out of a cattle stock trailer and reinforced the walls and floor joints with welded wire and spray foam insulation. The critters come around at night and walk around the coop, crawl under the coop, and occaisionally paw at the coop, but can't get INTO the coop. During the daylight hours when the girls are out, I have the roosters keeping watch over the girls with me keeping watch over all of them. The outcome for land predator encounters is usually a loud noise and a trip to the dump. The outcome for aerial predators that hang around or circle is usually a loud noise and they get the hint to fly somewhere else.
     
  7. WindStep

    WindStep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hawk

    Wesel

    Cat

    Mistory Animal
     
  8. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

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    Coons around here are way to overpopulated so there are a ton of them around here. We also have foxs, bobcats. coyates,. Stuff like that. I have only lost one hen to a coon. I also trap them before they get to my chickens. I have 5 traps set every night.[​IMG]
     
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  9. rockmissjess

    rockmissjess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    and how are you handeling the situation? or have they won?
     
  10. rockmissjess

    rockmissjess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am not allowed roo's here.. so what would you suggest to keep the girls safe from the coyotes?
     

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