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Preditors
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Duane    Posted 07-19-2004 at 10:11:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have been dealing around Chickens/Guinenes and Geese for a while. I have delt with many preditors.But I have 1 now that is very elusive.My first thought was a Fox. Then I felt pretty sure it was a Bob Cat.Now I am not for sure. I have set a trap that I regurly use but it doesn't seem to be paying any attention to it at all.The most rescent episode I found 2 differnt sets of chicken feathers on the outside of a fenced area with some traces caught on the top of a 6ft stockade fence. That is what made me start thinking.A fox would not typically do that. Maybe a Bob cat would,But what about an Owl? Any thoughts what to do?


BIGMACE    Posted 09-25-2005 at 14:24:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
thanks for nothing


Duke(WNY)    Posted 07-19-2004 at 15:36:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it's an owl they are pretty easy to catch. Put up a pole a couple feet higher than the fence. Wire a trap to the top of the pole. Owls like to set up high and watch for their prey.


Jumper    Posted 07-19-2004 at 10:34:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Assuming you are setting your trap and these incidents occur at night, you'll want to look at the nocturnal predators.

Cats, owls, coons, coyotes, etc. I don't think a bobcat can scale a 6ft stockade fence with a chicken in its mouth. Seems a little to much for those scrappy little cats. A cougar (mountain lion, panther, depends on what you call them in your neck of the woods) could easily get over that fence but you would probably see paw prints around. A cougar print looks similar to a large dog print with one exception: Three pads on the rear of the paw rather than one on a dog. If you can see the three indentations in the print, you gotta big cat problem. Not sure where you are from so I don't know about the coyote/wolf factor. Probably doesn't matter though, I dont think you'll see either one scaling that tall of a fence. Owls are certainly a possibility. That could explain the feathers on the top of the fence too. I am not sure if you've ever seen an owl after prey but it is quite a site to see. Especially if the prey is hard for the owl to catch. They just don't give up easily. They'll swoop back and forth perching on anything to get a good chance to snag whatever is on the ground.

You have to figure out what it is before you can really decide what to do about it.

Happy shooting ;^)


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