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Nightly killings
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CID    Posted 06-08-2003 at 07:06:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We've tried everything we could think of so any other ideas would be appreciated.We have a large coop with chicken,ducks,turkeys and geese. They have several shelters to go into. Unfortunately we have several acres have heavily wooded forest filled with trash eating racoons and owls not to mention hawks. Everynight is a buffet. We have wired cans shut,left out trays of meat soaking in poison,shot at, lights, higher fence,but the diner belll still rings . Help ....Cid


Carol    Posted 06-09-2003 at 21:00:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi. I have a bunch of chickens, ducks and one lone turkey..and we keep them safe in a pen with 1X4 woven wire,,,,and ( I hate to admit it) my husband pees around our perimeter almost daily...we have not had a coyote, coon, possum, since...I will admit tne owls were bad last year, but we put a top on our hatching cage, so this year we are OK.
We dont even have deer in my garden.......what can I say?????


JJButson    Posted 06-08-2003 at 15:04:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
A radio play any kind of sound in the coop will usually keep coon away.once they get a taste for trapped chicken they'll return until all gone. Good luck.


Jimbob    Posted 06-08-2003 at 10:20:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Same wild animal situation here. We pull in eagles, hawks, owls, badgers, racoons, fox, etc. During the day, no problem. Once dusk/night starts- watchout! It is like someone let out a prison somewhere.

Our pen is electricified & our coop is steel surround, even the floor is heavy guage chainlink fence buried 1 foot down & secured to the metal sides driven 2 feet underground.


glen    Posted 06-08-2003 at 09:33:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A good electric fence is the best solution. It will keep all those critters out.


Cindi    Posted 06-08-2003 at 07:49:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get a puppy and toss it in there with them. The first time one of those ducks tweaks his tail for him he will develope a healthy fear and respect for fowl. The smell of dog usually keeps wild critters at bay. Or if you have a full grown dog that you know won't harm them, let him sleep in there at night.


annie    Posted 06-08-2003 at 08:07:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Those varments can be a real pain and sneaky as heck. Probably best to make a "fort Knox" evaluation of the run and coop. 1. Use 2x4 welded wire all around instead of chicken wire. 2. Make sure top of run is covered also with something other than netting (wire). 3. Make sure bottom of run is "dig under proofed" I didn't want to bury wire so I lined the outside of my run with railroad ties. My entire coop sits ontop of the ground on a layer of welded wire under the entire coop and sticks out about a foot all the way around so nothing can dig into the coop. About the only thing that I have to worry about are snakes and I put moth balls stuffed inside panty hose legs and lay those around the perimeter of the coop to deture snakes but, they could still get in the run. Haven't found any yet (but, it's early in the year and sure I will find an egg snatching snake in there eventually. Put marble eggs or golf balls in the nest so the snakes will eat those and die because they aren't able to crush the egg internally. Best of luck to you and the fowl. It's an ongoing battle trying to protect those squaking, egg-laying critters.
Annie


Clod    Posted 06-08-2003 at 09:02:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to put those metal wire cage traps that the coons would get stuck in when they came at night.You get a fine collection of coons but there are some which by pass and grab chickens anyway. The thing to do if all else fails.Lock them in a cage at night.But the coons reach in and pull them to the wire and get them anyway.These other folks may have the answer but I finally started to raising coons instead.They have nice fur.


DeadCarp    Posted 06-08-2003 at 10:06:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's cute to watch them eating corn on the porch at midnite but those coons are real clever too - Suzn didn't like minnows in the fridge and i got tired of buying new ones so i got a nice new minnow bucket and wired it to the dock. Well, next morning i discovered that raccoons knew how to open the lid. So i fitted a big piece of tin over it and THEN wired it down. The pesky buggers bent the tin, pried up a corner of the lid and got my minnows anyway! Fearing they'd borrow my sawzall next time, I finally locked the bucket in the shed and now the minnows die again - i tell ya that old baggie in the fridge is looking better all the time! :(


Clod    Posted 06-08-2003 at 10:18:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy Deadly Carp! I used to get your name mixed up like that.I also used to night hunt for rabitts.To survive winters . You are out in a dark foggy night as a kid in the Texas swamps.. With a headlight and no pals along..Then see ten sets of eyes gazeing from up the trail ahead.. You just have a 22 rimfire..You sen all the monsters at the movies..Like the Creature from the black lagoon.You only have two shots.You know you can outrun a jack rabitt,So you use your swift fleeting feet,get out of the briars later and think.Hey,Those are just coons!


Clod    Posted 06-08-2003 at 11:50:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
We used to spend time in West Texas every year.There were electronic deer feeders to tend to because that was part of my brothers job then.These feeder had thumbscrew panels so you could get inside to batteries and the clock hands. Often you would find the panels off,the wires pulled out and scattered,The clock hands turned. The batteries removed. We wondered why some humans were doing that. Eventually we stayed up at night with a spotlight to see who was doing it.It was the coons .They also turned the little propeller so the corn would come out.


cid    Posted 06-09-2003 at 08:58:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for all your help. I put up an electric fence and had a victim already. Unfortunately it was one of my hens. Just not my day.


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