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Theft in the Chicken Coop — 19 Comments

  1. How dare that little rascal think your chicken coup was a 24/7 free buffet for the taking! I hope you figure a way to keep him and others OUT! What about a motion activated light? Would that scare them away?? (Don’t laugh…I have no farm experience to speak of)

  2. Oh, that makes me mad too! It sounds like it is time to spend a late night out with a gun. That critter won’t forget where a good meal is waiting.

    • Yeah. I was out there all weekend and saw nothing, of course. But you know they’ll be back. Even the hens seem nervous right now when I go out there. Sort of quiet and hunkered down. I’ve filled in the holes and secured the door better, now we just wait and see.

  3. Oh my – I did laugh and then quickly sobered up. You have an awesome way of telling a story!!

    Wow – what would you do? Electric fence? Light? Motion Decector? Hmm.

    • Ah, the daily drama! 🙂

      I have seen someone run electric fence lines around their turkeys, but I hate to do that since it’s in our backyard. I know we have other electric fence on the property, but our yard is sort of a “shock-free” zone even though there’s pasture on every side. But I might be able to do that just for a couple weeks and see if it makes our little unwelcome guest go somewhere else.

      I’m thinking about a motion light too, but my issue is getting electricity out there all the way across the yard. I don’t know of solar would work or not with the tree line right there…

  4. Raccoons are nasty creatures when it comes to chickens. Each night I have to lock ours up, plus we have a motion light. They still try to get in. Lately I have left one of my dogs down there, but it doesn’t seem to understand why he has to protect the chickens when he would like to help himself.

    One trick that might work is to put chicken wire in the ground and then have it flare out, so when the critter digs it hits the wire.

    • I was thinking about that. Or about creating a floor with it and covering it with dirt, but if something tries to dig in, it hits a wire “ceiling.” The first night it dug into the pen and then I had left the chicken door open so it could just stroll in. Last night I had filled in the hole and shut the door and it dug right in under the front door–talk about adding insult to injury!

      I miss having a dog to mark it’s territory around the yard. I think it helps, even if the dog’s not out there on guard all the time. But no one is going to take the puppy’s scent seriously yet…

  5. I say raccoons, not possums… possums would bite the head off and leave the body, but a coon or a fox will drag them out. UGH… nothing worse than coming out and finding a pile of feathers or a torn up hen!

    • We’re thinking raccoon too–based on the partial track we saw and the second time it ate some of the eggs that were in there and I don’t think a fox would do that. I hate when this happens and it and it makes me so mad–we lose the hen, and all the eggs she would lay AND lots of sleep over the situation!

  6. Bury a wide strip of chicken wire or hardware cloth around the perimeter of the coop. The strips need to go down vertically and be at least 6 inches deep. That should stop that rascally raccoon and fiendish fox! I’m so sorry you lost your hens, but I love your “git ‘er dun!” attitude!

  7. Sorry to hear this! Raccoons are NOT fun. We just moved to a little rundown homestead and have trapped (and gotten rid of!) 4 raccoons in the past 2 months. Thankfully they haven’t gotten any chickens yet. I’ve also heard about burying hardware mesh or chicken wire about 6 inches under the ground and running it out a foot or so all around the coop and run. Maybe that would help? Good luck!

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